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Raleigh vigil testifies to unemployment woes

Posted October 10, 2011
Updated October 11, 2011

— Labor, church and liberal activists held a rally in the state capital to draw attention to the unemployed and others who can only find part-time work.

The demonstration began at dusk Monday in Raleigh with dozens of protesters lighting candle luminaries throughout Bicentennial Mall to mark the country's jobs crisis. 

Two unemployed workers testified about their experiences on the front lines of the tough times. 

Hope Krehbiel has been out of work for two years. 

"I (don't) want to cry because I'm more frustrated than anything about not being able to find work," she said. "Everybody needs a job, a good job. I know myself, I'm a good worker, if only I'm given the chance to work."

Krehbiel said she lost her home, but hasn't lost the support of her community. 

"If we don't start now, when? We have to stand up for one another and fight for those who are unemployed," said volunteer Isaac Gobern.

Jobs rally Raleigh vigil gives voice to jobless

Marcella Robinson said she spent 15 years in the medical field before losing her job two years ago. She worries about losing her home, she said.

"My daughter hasn't left for college because she's afraid we're going to get evicted," Robinson said.

Speakers at the event included the pastor of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh and the director of the left-leaning North Carolina Budget and Tax Center.

The vigil was organized by the local American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations chapter. Organizers spoke about investment in infrastructure to help state businesses create more jobs.

"The message we want to send to our elected officials is that we, as workers, matter," said AFL-CIO representative MaryBe McMillan. "We're the consumers who shop at stores. We're the taxpayers who provide revenue for local government."


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  • doubletap357 Oct 12, 2011

    I understand that people are frustrated, but why waste time and energy holding vigils to bring attention to something that everybody on the planet already knows, the economy sucks and unemployment is rampant. There is only one legitimate reason for a company to hire...period. That is if the demand for their product and or service increases to the point that it can't be serviced by the current staff. Unfortunately for many varying reasons people aren't spending and thus demand has not increased. Naturally, people who do not have jobs are not spending, but additionally people who do have jobs are not spending either because they are not confident in the longevity of their own jobs. So lets hope that at least these rich CEO will continue to spend those big bonus's because they are probably the only ones supporting business expansion. such as the Honda Jet facility.

  • gunny462 Oct 11, 2011

    "And the Solyndra application was started by the Bush administration, which selected Solyndra as one of the 16 most promising green energy programs in the country. explain away Spinmaster Gunny LambeauSouth"

    Hey Lamby.. didn't you leave something out of that statement or copy of one? Just a tiny little itsy bitsy thing... Like the bush admin later BALKED at giving Solyndra the grant? AND THAT OBAMA OWNED STOCK in the company before becoming prez? Or THAT OBAMA KNEW that Solyndra was in trouble months in advance.

  • bigal02282 Oct 11, 2011

    Here are some FACTS for you. You can find THESE anywhere...

    #1) The Top 1% Owns 40% of the Nation's Wealth:

    Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz points out the richest 1% of Americans now own 40% of the nation's wealth. This disparity is much worse than it was in the past, as just 25 years ago the top 1% owned 33% of national wealth.

    How much does the bottom 80% own? Only 7%.

    #2) The Top 1% Take Home 24% of National Income:

    While the richest 1% of Americans take home almost a quarter of national income today, in 1976 they took home just 9% -- meaning their share of the national income pool has nearly tripled in roughly three decades.

    #3) The Top 1% Own Half of the Country's Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds: The Institute for Policy Studies illustrates this massive disparity in financial investment ownership, noting that the bottom 50% of Americans own only 0.5% of these investments.

    #4) The Top 1% of Americans Have Only 5% of the Nation's Personal Debt:

    Using 2007 figures, sociologi

  • LambeauSouth Oct 11, 2011

    Hey Bigal, Smelly and Gunny are little kids that keep asking the same question over and over, you know the "Why is the Sky Blue"? questions.

  • gunny462 Oct 11, 2011

    "Gunny, I doubt if the protests will cost you one dime"

    Actually, as you say you don't watch anything against THIS administration you wouldn't know that it does cost us money. How much of a overtime pay are the LEOs in NY making? Howw much is NYs emergency funding?

    "you'll just stroke out and hopefully the rest of us tax-paying citizens will not have to foot the bill for your medical costs"

    Aaah yes, the progressive agenda comes to light. If you can't sensibly talk to someone you attack them, but you go far beyond that and because the other person is right and YOU'RE wrong, you want them dead? Kind of like what the germans wanted ehh?

    "If our Tea Pot brethren have their way, you can just expect to die a slow, agonizing death. bigal02282"

    Aaah yes, but to be rich when I did! And not have to worry that someone looney is still in office attempting a socialistic economy agenda. Thanks for playing but you're really out of your league (probably WAS your education) and should stick to th

  • working for deadbeats Oct 11, 2011

    Howdy Smelly, let me help you... Corporate Greed: "The unabashed preference to accumulate massive amounts of wealth regardless of the effects it may have on people, the environment, government or other businesses. Without regard for existing laws. To accumulate enough wealth to create your own laws or change the existing laws to your benefit. Favoring a few at the expense of the many." bigal

    Name a specific CEO or business owner who is doing this.

  • working for deadbeats Oct 11, 2011

    Oh I guess I won the argument then. Next...

  • Mark Hayes Oct 11, 2011

    One major waste of government funds is the Postal service,kept track and just in five days received a stack of junk mail,pre approved credit cards,insurance applications,and a host of other adds and flyers that could have all waited to be picked up or delivered all at the same time,it's just not a need anymore but they keep trying to keep life in a system that has outlived it's usefullness,like the space program it should be cut out completely or way back,but then what will become of all those postal workers,well many will retire on government pensions that are about the same as when they were working,the rest will be in line just like the rest who are out of work.

  • bigal02282 Oct 11, 2011

    Smelly, unlike you, I don't need Fox or any other right wing agency to do my thinking for me. I used my SOCIALIST education system to full advantage and managed to work things out for myself pretty much. But you go right ahead and try and change the subject away from your original question, which is what I answered. I'll let you go look up the answers to all of your NEW questions on Fox or some other reality news show. If all else fails, you can come back with some more ridiculous questions or accusations, but I'm pretty much done with your silliness now. NEXT.....

  • bigal02282 Oct 11, 2011

    Classified, you've painted a pretty good picture, but Gunny isn't gonna look at it. What Gunny and others like him FAIL to UNDERSTAND is that a minimum wage job ends up costing the taxpayers billions. They will rant on and on about entitlement programs, welfare, all of that, yet will stare you straight in the eyes while telling you that you should be willing to accept a minimum wage job. In essence, Corporations are getting the Government to subsidize employee salaries at TAXPAYER EXPENSE. If you cannot live on minimum wage, what recourse do you have if you plan on surviving other than to take whatever assistance is offered such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, WIC, and any other services designed to assist the LOW INCOME WAGE EARNER. We've been allowing this to go on for years, costing us TRILLIONS of dollars. SO, it's now OKAY for folks to use HANDOUTS as long as it's because CORPORATIONS are the reason? Explain THAT one to me oh Conservative High-End Thinker......