Four items for your resistance movement calendar at the start of spring, 2018:
#1 – Celebrate the anniversary of the ACA. Despite endless attacks and efforts to undermine it, tomorrow, March 23 is the 8th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. If you’re in the Triangle, come celebrate at 10:30 AM at Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin Street, Raleigh. The ACA was signed into law eight years ago on March 23, 2010. Since that time, over 20 million people have gained coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicaid expansion, reducing the number of uninsured people in the United States to a historic low and providing unprecedented numbers with the opportunity for better health and a longer life.
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#2 – March for our Lives this Saturday March 24. Inspired by the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and in cooperation with the national March for Our Lives event in Washington, DC, a group of concerned Wake County high school students have organized a March for Our Lives event, where they will be conveying their demands for stronger gun control legislation to their lawmakers. Currently, over 2,000 people have already committed to joining the march, and organizers expect more than 3,000 people to attend. The March will be held on March 24, 2018.
The March will begin at 10 AM at City Plaza with a speech by US Congressman David Price and with a reading of the names of the victims of the Parkland mass shooting. Participants will then march to Halifax Mall, where organizers have planned a rally featuring speakers, musicians, and a video tribute to the victims of the Parkland shooting.
#3 – Good Friday Vigil for Criminal Justice Reform. Join the NC NAACP, local branches of the NAACP and local leaders as they stand in unity as a community against wrongful convictions across the state and this nation on Friday March 30. Locations: Johnston Correctional Institution, 2465 US-70, Smithfield, NC 27577; Pasquotank Correctional Institute, 527 Commerce Dr, Elizabeth City, NC 27909; Piedmont Correctional Institute,1245 Camp Road Salisbury NC 28147; Albemarle Correctional Institute,44150 Airport Rd, New London, NC 28127.
#4 – March for Science April 14. The Raleigh March for Science is a nonpartisan, family-friendly event that will attract scientists, students, activists and stargazers to celebrate and stand up for science. It will be held Saturday, April 14, at Halifax Mall in downtown Raleigh.
In 2017, more than 5,000 people from the Triangle gathered in solidarity with one million people at 600 locations worldwide for the March for Science, marking the largest event for science advocacy in history. This year, 200 cities have already signed on to unite in a day for science advocacy.
This year’s theme, Science for Everyone – Everyone for Science, highlights the importance of making science accessible to people from all backgrounds, while shining a light on the pivotal role that evidence-based science plays in protecting North Carolina’s natural resources.
In addition to a program of prominent speakers, a Kids for Science Corner will host hands-on science fun, and there will be tables for voter registration and various advocacy groups. The Raleigh Kids March for Science kicks off the rally with a parade around Halifax Mall led by kids and accompanied by the Paperhand Puppet Intervention.