Amazon union organizer Mary Hill speaks at Poor People’s Campaign news conference (Photo: Lynn Bonner, NC Newsline)

After launching a statewide Moral March to the Polls Mobilizing Tour in Charlotte, Hickory, and Asheville, the NC Poor People’s Campaign, along with impacted folks and faith leaders, addressed the media in front of the General Assembly today advocating for the poor, voting rights, education, immigrants, LGBTQ equality, and more. After the press conference, the group visited lawmakers to delivery letters stating their demands. Watch the full press conference video at the bottom of this post.

From WUNC:

Speakers at Tuesday’s demonstration organized by the North Carolina chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign had a unifying message, repeated in call and response with the assembled group: “Forward together, not one step back.”

The Poor People’s Campaign, founded by Rev. William Barber of North Carolina, has launched a mobilization effort in 31 states to boost turnout among voters who support progressive policies, such as raising the minimum wage, increasing funding for public school and early childhood education, and protecting ballot access.

“Our society is, unfortunately, built upon the wealthy making their wealth off of the backs of the poor,” the Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler, Jr., director of the Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation and a professor at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, told WUNC after Tuesday’s rally. “And this is something that we’ve got to change.” Read more…

From NC Newsline:

The Poor People’s Campaign said it will host marches in Raleigh, 31 other state capitals, and Washington, D.C. on March 2 to demand reversal of political and policy choices that ignore or harm people who live in poverty or survive on low incomes.

It’s part of an effort to encourage low-income voters to go to the polls this year to help elect politicians who have their interests in mind.

“We are the antidote to voter apathy,” said the Rev. Rob Stephens of Raleigh. “We are the antidote to gerrymandering.” Read more…

From Wilmington Star News:

“Wake this sleeping giant!” That is the message voters impacted by poverty, faith leaders and coordinators of the Poor People’s Campaign chanted at a press conference held Tuesday in front of the North Carolina state legislative building.

The campaign was announcing North Carolina’s involvement in the “Moral March to the Polls Tour” in which the campaign hopes to mobilize 15 million low-income and poor voters nationwide. Read more…

 

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