NEWS: On Thanksgiving, Pope Francis will meet @RevDrBarber, who's leading a revival of MLK's Poor People's Campaign. Barber is among international grassroots leaders meeting @Pontifex that day. https://t.co/PsYcqqJd9x
— Laurie Goodstein (@lauriegnyt) November 20, 2017
— Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons (@GuthrieGF) November 20, 2017
… Dr. Barber, who officially stepped down in October after 12 years as president of the N.C. NAACP, will be part of a two-day conference attended by social justice advocates from countries like Canada, Senegal, Italy, Ireland, Tunisia, Ghana, Brazil, and the United States, among others.
It’s no doubt that Dr. Barber’s involvement in the 50 anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1968 Poor’s People’s Campaign caught the attention of not only national, but international social justice leadership, like Pope Francis, who is world reknowned for his personal and official advocacy for the poor.
Just last Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, celebrated a special Mass for poor people on the first World Day of the Poor, eating with 1,500 from Italy, Poland and France.
The pope also denounced those who express indifference to the plight of the poor, calling such behavior “ a great sin.”
“It is when we turn away from a brother or sister in need, when we change channels as soon as a disturbing question comes up, when we grow indignant at evil but do nothing about it,” Pope Francis said. “God will not ask us if we felt righteous indignation, but whether we did some good.”
Dr. Barber’s organization, Repairers of the Breach, “seeks to build a moral agenda rooted in the framework that uplift’s our deepest moral and constitutional values to redeem the heart and soul of our country,” it says on its website.
“Our deepest moral traditions point to equal protection under the law, the desire for peace within and among nations, the dignity of all people, and the responsibility to care for our common home.”…
Rev Barber has also been a leader in organizing, protesting, & pressuring to ensure voting rights. https://t.co/Oy7HuN25eF
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) November 20, 2017
Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the Washington Post reports that Grifters Gonna Grift…
A weekend conference organized by white nationalist Richard Spencer was shut down after the owners of the Maryland farm he rented discovered he was behind the event.
The think tank that Spencer leads, the National Policy Institute, hosted the conference for about 100 people at Rocklands Farm, a winery and events venue in Montgomery County. Spencer said in an interview that a third-party logistics company contacted Rocklands Farm on behalf of the National Policy Institute this month and didn’t reveal that white nationalists were affiliated with the event when they booked it. The company told the farm’s management only that it was a “corporate” gathering, according to Spencer.
The conference started about 11 a.m. Sunday and was scheduled to continue until 8 p.m. Caterers at Rocklands Farm served brunch, and participants recapped 2017. At about 4 p.m., Spencer said, someone working the event learned that Spencer was there, and management told everyone to leave…
The National Policy Institute booked space at Rocklands Farm after the property manager at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, a federal facility in the District, told the organization that it couldn’t host its conference at the building. The two sides had been in communication for months before a private management company rejected the request over safety concerns…
Spencer described the Rocklands Farm gathering as a policy conference, in which attendees paid $225. Spencer said before the event that it was to feature Daniel Friberg, the European editor of AltRight.com, and Kevin MacDonald, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “the neo-Nazi movement’s favorite academic.”
The organizers didn’t publicly disclose beforehand that the event would be held at Rocklands Farm, Spencer said. Instead, organizers arranged for vans to pick up attendees at various locations and drive them to the farm.
After Rocklands Farm management told them to leave, those vans then shuttled the conference attendees to another private space outside the District before they then went to dinner at a restaurant, Spencer said.
“I’m not mad, but if I were a business owner, I would not do that,” Spencer said. “If communists came to my establishment, but they were civilized, I couldn’t imagine kicking them out. So I’m certainly disappointed, but we are not going to retaliate. It’s just life in 2017 for us.”…
Spencer knew damned well that no reputable public venue would let him in without a steep damages deposit, so he hustled his hundred deluded marks in under third-party cover. (Wonder if he conned them into paying their own restaurant tabs, after he was fortuitously ‘busted’.) And now he gets to play White Male Martyr for the rubes — no doubt guaranteeing that his next “policy conference” will attract even more racists, probably for an even higher cover charge.