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Jul 10, 2018 2:13 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

William Barber To Speak At Fundraiser In East Hampton Saturday

Jul 10, 2018 2:30 PM

Julie Ratner is best known locally for planning, what has been to date, 22 annual 5K races in support of the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, an organization dedicated to breast cancer research, as well as to the memory of Ms. Ratner’s sister, for whom it is named. On Saturday, July 14, Ms. Ratner will continue her charitable work, though in a different vein.

At her residence in East Hampton, she will host a fundraiser to benefit the Repairers of the Breach, an organization whose mission it is, among other goals, to do just that—mend the gap between the country’s rich and poor.

Hosting the event with her are: Barbara Layton, Patti Kenner and Sam Eskenazi. The fundraiser will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

Led by the Reverend Dr. William Barber, the president of the nonprofit, Repairers of the Breach has launched what members refer to as a “moral movement,” advocating for public policy issues consistent with the “moral majority”—issues including, but not limited to, workers’ rights, accessible health care, LGBTQ rights and economic justice.

Dr. Barber will speak at the fundraiser, which is selling tickets beginning at $50. Musician Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary, and The Thunder Bird Sisters from the Shinnecock Indian Nation both will perform at the event.

Dr. Barber, who spearheaded the “Poor People’s Campaign,” is a nationally renowned social activist—he has led “Moral Monday” protests, which received national media back in 2013, and has previously served as the president of the North Carolina Chapter of the NAACP. He is considered by many to be an heir to the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., according to Ms. Ratner.

“He has this message that it’s not blue versus red,” she said. “It goes beyond that. It’s right versus wrong.”

Ms. Ratner also expressed the sentiment that there is no time more important than the current for such an event. “He has the moral authority to inspire us to get beyond where we’re at,” she said.

For more information on the organization, visit breachrepairers.org.

To RSVP to the fundraiser, email blaytonz@gmail.com, jhratner1120@yahoo.com, or call (631) 329-5377.

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