Church Leaders Take On State Lawmakers
At a Downtown Asheville news conference, local church leaders take a stance against the NC General Assembly.
"We are not a formal group but we have come out to speak today," says Reverend Joe Hoffman of First Congregational United Church of Christ.
They pointed to unemployment benefits, voter suppression bills, and the repeal of the racial justice act as examples of a troubling trend. The leaders especially worry about the impact on the poor.
"We find ourselves living in a state whose government has rejected the idea of living for the common good," says Rev. Joyce Hollyday of Circle of Mercy.
According to Rev. Jasmine Beech-Ferrara lawmakers, are creating "a climate in which basic rights and services from the voting booth to the classroom to the public health department is being stripped away from people. "
She hopes more people speak out against the state legislature.
By John Le
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