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RELEASE: National & W-S Urban League Presidents on Passage of Tax Reform Bill

RELEASE: National & W-S Urban League Presidents on Passage of Tax Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, DC (December 2, 2017) Last night, National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Morial and Winston-Salem Urban League President and CEO, James Perry, released the following statements expressing opposition to the Senate’s passage of the so-called “tax reform” bill:

Marc Morial:
“Despite widespread opposition and public outcry, tonight the U.S. Senate passed a dangerous tax package that directly undermines the economic advancement of low- and middle-income Americans through cuts to key programs and services.

“To be clear, this is not a tax reform bill. What the Senate passed without fully reading is a massive giveaway for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations that will ultimately increase the hardship of ordinary American families, while also triggering crippling effects on the U.S. economy.

“This is also another move in a string of disturbing partisan actions that prioritizes the wants of a few over the needs of many.

“The National Urban League will continue to oppose this sham of a reform bill and any other legislation that seeks to fatten the pockets of the 1%, while amplifying the suffering of vulnerable people. Americans deserve true tax reform that makes everyone pay their fair share, and not a bill that slams the door to the American dream.”

James Perry:
“The City of Winston-Salem deserves better. We are struggling in the fight against poverty, child and senior hunger, housing affordability and an education system that faces many challenges. This tax bill threatens to destabilize the little progress we have achieved to date. If this bill becomes law, we have tough times ahead.”

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SNAP Enrollment Fair

SNAP Enrollment Fair

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina says in the 18 counties they serve as much as 20 percent of seniors 60 and over, and disabled citizens, are food insecure.

“We are having this incredible challenge in trying to take on poverty and hunger in this community”, said James Perry, president & CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban League.

The Winston-Salem Urban League wants to get those people signed up for SNAP benefits; better known as food stamps. However, getting seniors to sign up is difficult for many reasons.

“Many times these are people who have worked their entire lives and supported themselves their entire lives”, Perry said. “All we are saying is that you’ve worked so hard, so you deserve some help, and let us give it to you.”

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