FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
13 MAY 2011
NAACP LEADER IN TORNADO-STRICKEN BERTIE COUNTY:
May 15th, Sunday Evening Revival Service in Colerain
On Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 5 pm, at the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Colerain, NC, in the northeast corner of Bertie County, Rev. Dr. William J Barber, President of the State Conference of the NAACP, will lead a Worship and Prayer Service. The church is located 2321 NC Hwy 45-N, Colerain, NC 27924; its phone number is 252-356-4990. Mrs. Fay Wynn is helping to organize the service and can be reached at 252-356-2643.
"We must help our sisters and brothers who were devastated by last month’s tornadoes and, at the same time, help bring people together to develop a plan to address the long-term devastation in the area caused by the economic and political tornados that have swept the area in the past fifty years," said Rev. Barber.
The Service in Bertie County is Rev. Barber’s second visit in two weeks to an impoverished area in Eastern North Carolina, as the NAACP leader highlights the systemic and immediate suffering of North Carolinians, while Tea Party extremists in the legislature try to destroy social services, school budgets, health care, mental health, police, fire, and other basic public services.
"There is so much work that needs to be done," Barber said. "We could put tens of thousands of people to work rebuilding our communities. We need transportation systems, renewable energy systems, updated learning centers, high-quality teachers. Instead, we have people in Raleigh who are bound and determined to gut the very systems that were designed to provide help to people when the system collapses. Wall Street gamblers collapsed the economic system around honest, hard-working people and the recent weather disasters collapsed homes around the same people. We must say, "Forward Together. Not One Step Back."