A new and different demonstration to welcome lawmakers back to Raleigh

State lawmakers return to Raleigh next week for the 2012 “short” session and a new a different kind of demonstration will be there to welcome them. A coalition of progressive groups is calling on protesters to gather across from the Legislative Building at 10:00 a.m. next Wednesday for a “Pots and Spoons protest” modeled on the “cacerolazo” protests that frequently occur in Spanish-speaking countries. It should be a lot of fun.

Are you fed up with policies that protect the 1% at the expense of workers’ rights, public education, and the environment?  Are you sick of right-wing politicians who, once elected, change the rules on who gets to vote? Are you appalled by Amendment One? Are you tired of being ignored by our out-of-control legislature? Are you ready to make some noise for the 99%?Join the POTS & SPOONS PROTEST on May 16th!

What: Pots & Spoons Protest of our out-of-control legislature
When: Wednesday, May 16 at 10 A.M.
Where: Bicentennial Mall (across from the legislature), 16 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC
Why: Let’s welcome state lawmakers back to Raleigh with a sound they can’t ignore.

Bring an empty pot and spoon (and a friend) this May 16th and join our cacerolazo, the first-of-its-kind demonstration of our out-of-control state legislature in North Carolina!

As corporate lobbyists and the right-wing crazy train line up to be heard when our legislature reconvenes, let us drown them out with a noise only We the People can muster! We will bang our empty pots non-stop for 15 minutes.

It’s all part of the 99% Spring. Are you in?

Define: cacerolazo (n.) – a form of popular protest practiced in certain Spanish-speaking countries – in particular Argentina and Chile – which consists of a group of people creating noise by banging pots, pans, and other utensils to call for attention.

In ongoing demonstrations, students in Chile have used the cacerolazo to protest efforts in that country to privatize public education (sound familiar?) and build new hydro-electric dams.

Workers in Greece have banged pots and pans to protest severe austerity measures imposed on that country by investment banks like Goldman Sachs.

Citizens in Iceland staged the so-called “Kitchenware Revolution” (little-known in the USA) in the aftermath of the 2008 banking crisis. There, in the face of a government trying to impose an unpopular bank bailout, Icelanders occupied street corners and plazas, banging pots and pans day and night until their demands for new elections were met.

It is time to bring the spirit of the cacerolazo to North Carolina, where our out-of-control state legislature has busied itself since the 2010 election with catering to corporate interests and right-wing ideologues, adding a hate amendment to our constitution, gutting funding for public education, and attempting to restrict our voting rights.

In April 2011, some 300 people stood on Bicentennial Mall in total silence for 15 minutes in solemn protest of the efforts here and elsewhere to silence workers by taking away our rights.

In May 2012, we will return – but this time to make such a noise that no politician on Jones Street will be able to ignore us.


Share this event on Twitter with the hashtag #May16NC


  1. Doug

    May 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    If this is all folks have to do, we are in a lot of trouble in this country ! At least in Spain, they have an excuse !

  2. Frank Burns

    May 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I prefer running with the bulls.

  3. Jack

    May 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Doug – you can discount the public’s frustration with the NCGA all you want but our frustration is genuine.

    While the NCGA has done nothing to create public policy to support the creation of jobs and improve the economy their energy has otherwise been directed toward much a less productive agenda.

    Then we’ve learn that ALEC is calling the shots rather than our duly elected officials. What isn’t there to be frustrated about when we learn that our democratic system isn’t that at all? We have been sold out and to-date there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight.

  4. Louie

    May 11, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Obama’s embrace of the executive abuses of power has made those abuses a matter of bipartisan consensus now. When Bush was doing the same things, there was at least some token Democratic opposition to it, but nearly all of that opposition disappeared when Obama got into office

  5. Frank Burns

    May 14, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Is dignity the first casualty with protests like this one? I think so.

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