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Picnic in Canton focuses on poverty issues

pCANTON — More than 70 people gathered Sunday to eat, play games and share their experiences with poverty-related issues./ppThey gathered in Bend in the River Park for a first-time event sponsored by the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival./ppMany at the gathering have been meeting for several months to learn about the campaign and sharing their experiences and insights regarding issues of poverty, systemic racism, militarism and ecological devastation in the region. /ppIn St. Lawrence County alone, nearly 20 percent of the residents are in poverty, while nearly 30 percent of children in the county, over 6,000 kids, live in poverty. In the United States, considered one of the most prosperous nations on Earth, 140 million people face issues of poverty daily, according to the New York State Community Action Association Poverty Report. /ppThe Rev. Holly Haile Thompson, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Potsdam and a member of the Shinnecock Nation, discussed the historic and ongoing struggles of indigenous people: “We live on a fraction of the land to which we hold aboriginal rights and while substandard housing poses danger for reservation families, our neighbors seem completely oblivious to our economic reality,” she said./ppShe said it’s …read more

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