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NAACP, Other Activists Call For Lawmakers' Attention

Posted February 10, 2007

— In an effort to finish what civil rights activists started 50 years ago, thousands marched through downtown Raleigh Saturday to the legislative building.

Those assembled questioned whether lawmakers were listening to what their voters were saying. Led by the NAACP, about 60 community groups gathered scores of people and marched to Jones Street, home of North Carolina's General Assembly, under the slogan of  “Not A Moment, But A Movement.”

“It's not just today, not just a feel-good march. We're going to go to the legislature, we're going to go to Congress, we'll go to whoever has the power to bring about change because our community's in crisis,” said NAACP president Dr. Jarvis Hall.

The organizers made a list of proposed changes called “The People’s Agenda.” Topping that list was working towards a stronger education system in North Carolina. Specifically, they want money for poor school districts as ordered by the state Supreme Court in the Leandro case.

“it makes no sense that we have not fully funded Leandro after 10 years,” said Rev. William Barber, president of the state’s NAACP chapter.

Also on the list were hot topics like getting rid of the death penalty, pulling troops out of Iraq, affordable healthcare for all, livable wages, and affordable housing.

One question lawmakers have asked is how much those programs would cost. Organizers said they’re in the process of crunching the numbers, but countered with a question of their own -- what does it cost not to offer these programs?

“Everything we have on this agenda could be done this year,” Barber said. “So what we intend to do is insert it this session and push it and push it.”

On March 28, the group will crowd the halls of the General Assembly. They plan to bring 1,000 lobbyists to get lawmakers' attention.

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  • mikeNC Feb 12, 2007


    SPONGE, is that the group that soaks up everybody?

  • gvmtcheese Feb 12, 2007

    yea whitaker, what say you!? I understand the Negro consensus and the oppression your race ONCE endured. But I must say friend, to call these folks ignorant, is really a prime example of reverse-racism. I would really like to see what the NAACP response is to the aforementioned question directed at our esteemed whitaker.

  • Fence Straddler Feb 12, 2007

    More Marches, More Movements, More Money. That is what I'm seeing.
    If it don't make dollars, then, it don't make sense.
    For whom? Wake up people!

  • mikeNC Feb 11, 2007

    hjeck, I must know what is SPONGE?

  • LTL Feb 11, 2007

    I support SPONGE!!!!!!!!

  • mikeNC Feb 11, 2007

    Whitaker, please educate me.
    *When has the NAACP ever come to the aid of a white victim of a crime committed by a black?

    *The U.S. Congress is elected by all races, white, black green, etc. why is there a group of them who's sole mission is the advancement of only the black race?

  • Sherlockholmes Feb 11, 2007

    whitaker -dot- allen -at- gmail -dot- com

    Its People Like You Who Give Your Race A Bad Name!

  • mikeNC Feb 11, 2007

    whitaker, thank you for calling me ignorant. It beats you calling me a racist dumbass. If I am ignorant please educate me.
    *Has the NAACP ever taken a stand in support of an issue to help whites?
    *In the U.S. Congress there is a Congression Black Caucus. The mission statement for this group specifically states that their efforts are solely for the advancement of black people. This is a group of elected officials saying they only support 1 race. Why is that not racist?

  • mikeNC Feb 11, 2007

    I have asked for equal time to share my views. WRAL, WTVD, CNN, FOX, CBS and ABC and NBC all say no because my views do not agree with the NAACP and are therefore not politically correct according to these media outlets.

  • mikeNC Feb 11, 2007

    Hold up on the NAACP. Doesn't that stand for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT OF CAUCASION PEOPLE. Oh that would be racist.