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Students rally in Raleigh for jobs, justice, education

Student PowerWith chants of “student power!” and “hey, hey, ho, ho, Art Pope has got to go!” 250+ college students and supporters descended on Raleigh this afternoon for a May Day demonstration against the right-wing takeover of North Carolina state government. 

Backed by drums and megaphones and sporting banners and signs decrying cuts to education and other regressive policies, the students followed a cordial police escort in a circuitous march around downtown that featured stops at the Pope-Civitas Institute offices (pictured at left), Moore Square Park, the U.S. Post Office, Raleigh City Hall and the General Assembly.     

At last check, the event was slated to wrap up with a series of talks by progressive leaders on Halifax Mall behind the General Assembly. It is scheduled to conclude at 8:00 p.m.

In a somewhat amusing side note, the Pope-Civitas Institute distributed a fundraising email just hours afte the protesters visited their offices featuring pictures of some of the young people. No word yet on whether that email was sent directly to State Budget Director Pope, who has long provided the vast majority of the organization’s funding.

4 Comments

  1. Doug

    May 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Speaking of jobs…..I see the NC Justice Center needs a CFO. Think they will be willing to hire a conservative CPA? If so…..anyone willing to give me a job reference…I know so few progressives otherwise :)

  2. Frances Jenkins

    May 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Do you know if any law makers were threatened and had to to be moved?

  3. wncgirl

    May 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

    No Frances you are safe… now back under your rock… geez

  4. Jack

    May 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    So now students exercising their Constitutional right of freedom of speech and their right to assemble are being demonized by the GOP.

    Typical language of the GOP designed to further their agenda of hate and fear. It naturally follows that the GOP seeks to segregate and discriminate to keep “those people” (people who ask questions and seek to hold the people voted into office accountable) under control.

    Interesting how the right to own a gun is more important to the GOP than other rights in the Bill of Rights.