Witness Wednesday @ The People's House

Start: Wednesday, June 12, 202411:00 AM

Location:North Carolina Freedom Park218 N Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601 US

Host Contact Info: northcarolina@poorpeoplescampaign.org

The NC General Assembly is off the rails in its extremist campaign to take this state backwards. In recent weeks, students, immigrants, child care providers, families with small children, low-wage workers, voting rights advocates and many others have been coming to Raleigh to sound the alarm on their policy violence. It's time for us all to come back while the NCGA is in session to bear witness and shine the light on their backroom deals and policy violence.

Join us for a Witness Wednesday at the People's House on June 12, 2024 at 11:00am. We will gather and rally at the new North Carolina Freedom Park, at the corner of Wilmington and Lane Streets (218 N. Wilmington Street) and then process over to the General Assembly.

If the NC General Assembly doesn't fund early childhood education in June, nearly 1/3 of childcare providers may have to shut down, leaving nearly 100,000 kids without care, families without options and small business owners committed to the precious children of this state with their life dreams ripped from them. Instead of rushing to fund our kids and schools, they are campaigning on spending hundreds of millions of dollars on private school vouchers for families that can already afford private schools.

Their attacks on public education extend to higher education as we saw at last week's UNC Board of Governors' meeting where two young people were arrested while trying to speak out against the NCGA's handpicked board's vote to end DEI programs.

They are coming after immigrant families by trying to terrorize communities, they're attacking freedom of speech in multiple bills including one that makes it illegal to wear a mask. And they want to keep cutting taxes for the wealthy and corporations, with plans to fill the funding gap with video gambling and casinos. They are playing a dangerous game with our communities and we need to have a unified response.

We need to make a witness and let the state know what they are doing with OUR money and OUR futures.

We are also mobilizing for the national Mass Poor People's & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls on June 29 in Washington DC. You can sign up for buses and more NC organizing opportunities for June 29 here.

The NC General Assembly is doing all of this at a time when poverty is the fourth leading cause of death in this nation, more than gun violence, obesity, homicide, and diabetes, in the richest nation in the world. And to cap off the destructive legislative session, they passed an anti-democratic state budget with massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. And then they made it even harder to vote, while making it easier to get a gun in a state where gun violence is the leading cause of death for children.

Parking information can be found here: https://ncadmin.nc.gov/divisions/state-parking/visitor-parking

It’s time to come to Raleigh and tell the NC General Assembly: Forward Together, Not One Step Back.

For the soul of our democracy, we are coming together to push for a moral revival in North Carolina and the realization of a Third Reconstruction to heal the state and nation.

If you believe in living wages, ending poverty, fully funding public education, universal health care, environmental justice, voting rights, women’s rights, immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, LGBTQ rights, gun control, fair taxes and a North Carolina for all of us then join us on June 12, 2024 in Raleigh

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