Speaking for the Speechless, a nonprofit organization, will host a community empowerment event Saturday at Wayne Community College.

The event will be at 1 p.m. in the Moffatt Auditorium on the campus of Wayne Community College, 3000 Wayne Memorial Drive.

Speaking for the Speechless (S4S) said it will address issues “relevant to those that feel marginalized and forgotten by elected officials.”

S4S describes the event as nonpartisan. It will be open to the public.

Listed as speakers and panelists are N.C. Rep. Raymond Smith, Dr. Larry Monk, minister Richard Muhammad, Asa Gregory of Correct the 13th Amendment, and Jaymes Powell and attorney Nardine Guirguis of the Guirguis Law Firm of Raleigh.

“We intend to spotlight politicians like Gov. Roy Cooper and North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein for their paltry efforts mishandling the Andrew Brown case and failure to recognize corruption in the criminal justice system,” Speaking for the Speechless said in a news release.

“We are still appalled by their lackadaisical response to an unarmed person fleeing police. Further, we support the boycotting of corporations (local, state, and national) that provide financial donations to politicians that enabled the Jan. 6 insurrection because we must fight for a democratic republic democracy — not a fascist government.”

Speaking 4 the Speechless describes itself as a grassroots movement of people determined to correct systemically racist laws; promote democracy; promote term limits; hold politicians, regardless of political affiliation, accountable to their constituents; and help overturn Citizens United.

The mission of Speaking for the Speechless is to empower voters to demand elected leaders hear issues of concern, serve the needs of constituents, enact legislation favorable to people, not corporations and the donor class, and implement policies favorable to the people.

Issues on the agenda Saturday are the U.S. Constitution; mass incarceration and prison industrial complex; black entrepreneurship and ownership; policing; overzealous district attorney tactics; poverty; and voter suppression and gerrymandering.

Also, boycotting companies associated with the Jan. 6 insurrection; bail bonds; N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles employees exposure to asbestos and carcinogens at the New Bern Avenue headquarters; mandatory sentencing/parole; the 13th Amendment; colorism/misogyny/sexism; and people voices questions and answers.

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