With 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.