On the dais [of Shiloh Baptist Church] stood the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, draped in a black robe, a black vest and a cream stole emblazoned with the credo “Jesus was a poor man.” Al Gore, the former vice president, sat behind him.
Dr. Barber…and Mr. Gore were here in Greensboro to focus on…pollution from North Carolina’s coal-powered electrical plants.
“Jesus said love your neighbor,” Dr. Barber told the crowd. “I don’t care how many times you tell me you love me, if you put coal ash in my water you don’t love me. Because if there was nothing wrong with the coal ash, then put it in the wealthy communities.”
Read more about Dr. Barber’s campaign against coal ash pollution and Southern Environmental Law Center suit against Duke Energy in August 24 NYT story by Kendra Pierre-Lewis.