In White Hall, Gore and Barber to highlight connection between poverty, racism and ecological devastation

Published 6:31 pm Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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Special to the Signal

Former Vice President Al Gore and the Rev. Dr. William Barber II will visit Lowndes County Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m. for a town hall highlighting the connectionbetween poverty, racism, and ecological devastation.

Gore and the Rev. Barber will host a town hall at the Jackson Steele Community Center after spending the day meeting privately with local citizens dealing with wastewater issues.

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During the town hall, local residents and experts will share stories of the impacts of local environmental injustices, as well as discuss the health threats and ecological devastation from untreated wastewater, sewage lagoons, coal ash, tropical parasites, and failed or nonexistent wastewater infrastructure.

The visit to Lowndes County is part of a national effort by Gore and Barber to draw a connection between environmental and racial justice issues.

Earlier in the week they visited Union Hill, Va., a historic Black town that is the proposed site of a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The event in White Hall is co-organized by Gore and Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and President of Repairers of the Breach


Founded by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore, The Climate Reality Project is working to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society. With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Reality Leader activists, we are spreading the truth about the climate crisis and building popular support for clean energy solutions. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @ClimateReality. 


Repairers of the Breach is a nonpartisan 501 (c) 3 tax exempt not-for-profit organization that seeks to build a moral agenda rooted in a framework that uplifts our deepest moral and constitutional values to redeem the heart and soul of our country.  The Rev. William Barber II serves as President and Senior Lecturer for Repairers of the Breach and national co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.  Barber was named a MacArthur Genius Fellow in 2018.  For more information, visit