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Thousands gather in downtown Raleigh for 10th annual Moral March

Posted February 13, 2016

— About 5,000 people packed downtown on Saturday for the 10th annual Moral March on Raleigh.

The march—also known as the “Historic Thousands on Jones Street”—is organized by the NAACP.

With voter identification law taking effect, voting rights was a focal point of the march on Saturday.

Leah Wilson-Hartgrove, of Durham, was with her son, Nathan, and marched for hours in the cold.

“It’s something we strongly believe in,” she said.

Muslim profiling, immigration reform and saving black lives were also issues discussed by the crowd in on Saturday.

Demonstrators said they’re marching because they see regressive policies from Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-led legislature.

“It’s really cool and interesting to see how everyone is coming together for something they’re interested in for a bigger change,” said demonstrator Nekesa Shutte.

The topic of climate change brought Shutte and Senith Berhane, both 17, to partake in the march.

Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the state Republican Party, said the legislature has a proven track record with voters.

“But our good policies of lower taxes, lower regulation, photo ID; more freedom for the people of North Carolina—that will be the best get out to vote tool, and we will be utilizing that,” he said.

Woodhouse said North Carolina voters have rejected the agenda of the Moral March movement in recent years and that demonstrators on Saturday did not represent the current concerns of most North Carolinians.


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  • Ryan Eastman Feb 14, 2016
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    The report is not a very accurate reflection of Saturday's message from the crowd of North Carolina citizens. The primary messages from this year was against the laws allowing large corporate donations to politicians lending to a corrupt system where donors essentially own the government. The other message from the group was a concern over low wages that do not seem to rise despite the current efforts to cut taxes for the wealthy in this state. Raising the minimum wage and working/middle class wages appeared to be the biggest concern of the group.
    Other issues, like voter id, and immigration reform were also represented, but the overal focus was money in politics and wages.
    As someone who was there, that's what I saw and heard.

  • Doug Bogard Feb 14, 2016
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    You folks remember the last presidentual election when that woman said she voted five times? Problem and sollution.

  • Shandy Scott Feb 13, 2016
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    From North Carolina's DMV web site: After January 1, 2014, you will be able to apply for a free NC identification card to be used for voting.

  • Scooter Barrette Feb 13, 2016
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    "I mean, come on! I know you're a hungry, single-parent working 40+ hours a week without adequate utilities, transportation, or funds, but you're nothing but 'lazy' for not filling out 3 different forms and making multiple trips to a government office." For someone like you or I, this is merely trivial. For the poor and vulnerable, it's an undue burden. The Moral Monday movement would totally support voter ID if the government took it upon itself to pay for said ID/requirements, but they're not, and so it looks like a ploy to disenfranchise certain voters.

  • John Gardner Feb 13, 2016
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    Who designated them the moral authority?

  • John Lobenstein Feb 13, 2016
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    Just because I was too lazy to obtain the proper ID and/or register to vote is no reason to tell me I can not vote.

    [For those that need a little extra guidance: /SARC]

  • Dale Xavier Feb 13, 2016
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    Power to the People! Feel the Bern 2016.