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Embattled Gene Nichol is coming to 2015 Chatham Democratic Convention

Posted Sunday, March 8, 2015

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Pittsboro, NC - The 2015 Chatham County Democratic Convention will be held at Horton Middle School on Saturday, April 18. This year John Edwards' former colleague Gene Nichol will be the guest speaker at the convention.

An outspoken, dynamic speaker on issues of poverty and inequity we are looking forward to a stimulating commentary on current events in North Carolina. Professor Nichol is currently Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor of law and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina. He has been a political columnist for the Rocky Mountain News and hosted a public affairs television show, Culture Wars, for KBDI in Denver. He's been a monthly op-ed writer for the Raleigh News & Observer for over a dozen years. He publishes regularly in The Progressive Populist and has written for The Nation and the Washington Post.

A key component to the Poverty Center's mission is to "advocate for proposals, policies and services to mitigate poverty in North Carolina," with one of their top goals being to "examine innovative and practical ideas to move more men, women and children out of poverty."

But according to data from the Poverty Center's own website, under Nichol's watch poverty in North Carolina has not only gotten worse in absolute terms, but relative to the national average as well.

NC's poverty rate in 2008, the year Nichol took over the Poverty Center, was 14.6%. Compared to the national poverty rate that year of 13.2%, North Carolina's poverty rate was 10.6 percent higher than the national average.

The most recent poverty figures available at the Poverty Center's website are from a spring 2013 report, which shows North Carolina's poverty rate has climbed to 17.2%, which is 13 percent higher than the national average.
The convention registration opens at 9 AM. There will be a social hour from 9 am to 10 am. Those interested in bringing a breakfast item to share please contact Mike Dasher.

At 10 am the convention will start and the conventions is scheduled to adjourn at 1 pm.

Volunteers are needed to assist with set- up, registration, hospitality and clean-up.

WHEN: April 18, 2015 at 9am - 1pm
WHERE: Horton Middle School, 79 Horton Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312

FYI: Mike Dasher

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The UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity was supposed to be an academic center that conducted research and developed scholarship on the subject of poverty.
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