The office of Rep. Garland Pierce, who is also a Baptist pastor, sent me the following message in italics about an opportunity to come to Raleigh and express your opposition to legislative measures which will make life more difficult for people who are poor:
I invite you to join me on Tuesday, May 17th, at 10 a.m. for the Call To Action Clergy Rally. After a brief devotion, welcome and orientation at the First Baptist Church, located at 101 South Wilmington Street in Raleigh, we will proceed to the North Carolina General Assembly. The purpose of this event is to discuss the steady move to dismantle all of the measures put in place to protect and provide access to better opportunities for the poor in our state. All ministers are invited to attend.
This Clergy Day is being sponsored by the Legislative Black Caucus, but all clergy are invited regardless of race or ethnicity, and I suspect they would also welcome lay people. (Note that this is a different event from the Emergency Call to Action from Rev. Barber. That event is a week after this one.)
David LaMotte, the Council’s peace associate and coordinator of our work on re-segregation, will be representing us there. If you can, please join David this coming Tuesday at First Baptist Church on Wilmington Street in Raleigh.
— George Reed, Executive Director