From WRAL:

With just three days remaining until Primary Day in North Carolina, a spontaneous surge drew thousands to downtown Raleigh. The objective: Mobilize impoverished and low-income North Carolinians and rally them towards the polling stations.

On Saturday, resonant speeches reverberated across the city, proclaiming poverty’s unnecessary nature. Pastors, farm workers and activists—up to 5,000 individuals, as estimated by organizers—all participated in the Moral March on Raleigh.

“Today marks a solemn assembly dedicated to the 800 people who will succumb to poverty and low wages,” said Bishop Barber. This event is a collaborative effort involving various groups, notably the Poor People’s Campaign of NC. Read more and watch video footage…

 

From ABC 11:

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Raleigh community leaders pushed for low-wage workers to vote ahead of Super Tuesday. There was a “March to the Polls” on Saturday in downtown Raleigh. Starting at 11 a.m., the group met at the State Capitol ground and marched to the legislature.

The event is known as the “Poor People’s Campaign”, which was founded years ago by Bishop William Barber. It stems from the “North Carolina Forward Together Moral Movement”, which highlights key issues like poverty and pushing for higher working wages. Read more and watch video footage…

 

From NC Newsline:

On a day that brought the top two Republican presidential contenders to North Carolina, a crowd of nearly 2,000 gathered outside the state legislature to highlight issues they felt were widely being ignored this election cycle.

Those attending the “Moral March on Raleigh and to the Polls” rally carried signs calling for higher wages, an end to systemic poverty, gun control and LGBTQ+ rights. Read more with photo gallery…

 

From Common Dreams:

Low-wage workers, faith leaders, and allies rallied in state capitals across the United States on Saturday as part of a mass mobilization of poor voters ahead of the pivotal 2024 election.

The nationwide demonstrations were organized by the Poor People’s Campaign, a multiracial movement calling on state legislators and members of the U.S. Congress to act immediately to end the “crisis of death by poverty” in the richest country in the world. Research published last year found that poverty is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States.

Thousands gathered and marched Saturday in 32 states—from Maine to Indiana to North Carolina—and Washington, D.C., carrying signs that read “abolish poverty” and “our votes are demands.” In South Carolina and other states, activists placed mock coffins on the steps of state Capitol buildings as they demanded living wages, stronger workplace protections, and universal healthcare. Read more…

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