Saturday, February 17, 2007

The People's Agenda

On Saturday, February 10, more than 2,000 people from across North Carolina ranging from civil rights
activists, anti-war protesters, and low-income workers marched from Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium to the
Legislative Building to bring attention to the group’s legislative agenda.

The NAACP spearheaded what was called the “Historic K (Thousands) on Jones Streeta reference to the
Legislative Building’s address. More than 60 organizations participated in or endorsed the event, from black
Masons, the Latino group El Pueblo, union organizers, and the North Carolina Green and Socialist parties.
The group’s agenda consists of a 14-point action plan that focuses on issues ranging from expanding health care coverage to abolishing the death penalty and withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. The agenda also includes offering more education money to comply with the Leandro school-funding lawsuit, creating a “living wage” that would be several dollars more than the current minimum of $6.15 per hour, and giving collective bargaining rights to government employees. To view the group’s entire 14-point legislative agenda, go to:

Last Saturday’s rally was held while the General Assembly was adjourned for the weekend so more working people could attend. A lobbying day is scheduled for March 28, which is expected to bring together an estimated 1,000 activists and legislators.

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