Local groups to rally against GOP policies

May. 26, 2013 @ 05:14 PM

Call it moral Wednesday, if you will.

Local supporters of the “Forward Together Movement” will hold a vigil and rally Wednesday at the Peace and Justice Plaza on East Franklin Street from noon to 1 p.m., to protest what they contend are policies of the Republican-led General Assembly that disproportionately hurt the poor and minorities.

The event is being sponsored by the Triangle Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and supported by the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Branch of the NAACP.

Organizers will collect petitions to deliver to House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger in protest of cuts to Medicaid and unemployment benefits and proposals to institute voter ID and a school voucher program.

“We call on all North Carolinians to stand on the right side of history as we speak out, protest and practice nonviolent civil disobedience in the face of extremist policies that are being driven by the leadership of the General Assembly,” said Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Branch President Robert Campbell.

The petitions will be delivered to Tillis and Berger at the next “Moral Monday” June 3.

 “These policies will have severe long-term consequences for millions of North Carolina citizens through voter suppression and by cutting Medicaid, unemployment benefits, public education, environmental protections and raising taxes on poor and working people while cutting taxes for the wealthiest,” Lucy Lewis, an event moderator and WILPF Steering Committee member, said in a news release.

Several local community and UNC campus leaders are among the several hundred protestors who have been arrested in the “Moral Monday” protests led by the State NAACP president, the Rev. Dr. William Barber II. 

Zaina Alsous, a UNC student who graduated this month and Carissa Morrison, also of UNC, were arrested earlier this month along with several other students from UNC system schools across the state.

The organizers want community members who have been arrested at the General Assembly to attend the rally wearing blue armbands.