May Day in Raleigh

Earlier this week a lot of good people got arrested trying to protest the insanity that is happening at the General Assembly. If that inspired you to make your presence and your opposition to these attacks on voting rights and on the people of North Carolina known, then check out this event.

3 pm: Welcome and Teach-ins (Moore Square, Raleigh, NC)
4 pm: Sidewalk march steps off (Moore Square going to Halifax Mall with stops along the way)
5-5:30 pm: Arrive at NC Legislature
5:30-8 pm: Rally, speak-outs, music, and more!! (Halifax Mall, Raleigh, NC)

On May 1st 2013 let's raise a people's agenda – working people, unemployed people, people of color, immigrants, students, LGBTQ people, women, young and old, everybody all together now. We are facing urgent political and economic crises. Our struggles feel isolated, but we're not alone. Let's unite to make our voices heard to the powers that be in Raleigh.

The students are leading a march before the formal festivities begin starting at NCSU's belltower in about an hour at 1:30pm. You can find more details on that here if you're up for getting an early start:

1:30pm: Gather at the NCSU Bell Tower
2:00pm: Rally begins
2:20pm: March steps off
3:00pm: Mini-rally at the Civitas Institute
3:30pm: Arrive at Moore Square park to join with broader May Day Coalition

NCSU has paid parking decks on campus, and there are paid parking decks downtown, so you should be able to park in either location.


I'll be heading over to May Day

I'll be heading over to the May Day event myself pretty soon. I'll try to take a few pictures and report back on what I see. If any Blue NCers see me there, be sure to introduce yourself and say hey!

May Day photos

People fighting for education, immigration, LGBTQ equality, voting rights, and so much more!

More arrests at the General Assembly today

"NC students protest budget cuts, tuition costs, 'voter suppression'"

Five protesters were arrested during the protest, and will most likely be charged with disorderly conduct after they tried to get past officers and walk into the legislative building.

Civitas Institute is a conservative thinktank funded by state budget director Art Pope.

Organizers say students are protesting "proposed budget cuts to public education and services, voter suppression efforts, and rising tuition."

"We're joining in solidarity with all the other groups who feel shut out by McCrory's budget and the political climate in general," said Emily Morton-Smith, a sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill. "As students, our struggles are not separate from those of workers, immigrants, women, LGBTQ folks, people of color, or any other marginalized group."

Today's protest turnout numbers (emphasis added)

About 100 students, advocates for workers' rights, immigrants' rights and others protested in front of the Legislative Building on Wednesday.

This follows a Monday night protest at the Legislative Building where 17 people were arrested.
Wednesday's group marched from the edge of N.C. State's campus to Jones Street carrying banners condemning tuition increases, budget cuts and legislative proposals such as a voter ID law. Some of the banners read "Don't Kill Our Future," and "Stop Attacks on Workers."

Five people knelt in the middle of Jones Street while the crowd gathered around chanting "Pope says cut back, we say fight back," referring to state budget director Art Pope.