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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — There’s been a rare back-and-forth between the leader of forces opposed to laws approved by North Carolina Republicans and an activist whose family money has helped promote conservative policies.

The Rev. William Barber of the North Carolina NAACP and State Budget Director Art Pope spoke briefly Monday outside the government office building where Pope works.

Barber and his allies were holding a news conference urging Pope to renounce GOP initiatives approved by Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature. They plan to picket outside discount stores owned by Pope’s family business.

Pope asked Barber whether he was trying to close Maxway, Roses and other stores that create jobs in communities. Barber told Pope he wants him to use his wealth to provide better employee wages.

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4 Comments on "NC GOP critics to picket stores Pope company owns"

2015 years 9 months ago

Liberal activist groups attack conservatives on a very personal, and sometimes below the belt, manner. Okay, the NAACP must be saying: I do not agree with your political views, so I will picket your business, no matter what that be, and jeopardize the jobs of those you employ. I know this tacit has worked in the past with very large corporations. But is it the way to go??? And, will it continue to work???

2015 years 9 months ago

Barber doesn’t look like he has missed any meals so maybe he should start giving some of his food to others.

2015 years 9 months ago

We should picket Barber’s company. The Welfare shop.

beach guy
2015 years 9 months ago

Barber (NAACP) Told Pope (business owner) That he wanted him to use his wealth to pay his employees more. Folks that is a classic example of wealth re distribution the mantra of all these liberal socialists. Mr Pope has too much money so Mr. Barber is instructing him to give it away ( only to those Barber thinks should get it)instead of encouraging folks to work and achieve their own goals he is castigating a person that has done the achieving and instructing him to pay for those whom do not.
How much money does Mr. Barber Have? if he is so concerned to use a tax payer supported non profit to blackmail a successful business owner.
He should be concerned enough to contribute his income to what he perceives to be an inequality in the amount of money that Mr. Pope’s
employees make.
What if Mr. Pope just retired and closed all of his stores and sold the properties to a developer? Would Mr. Barber invite these thousands of employees to come live with him? I think Not.


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