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Poor People's Campaign to call on lawmakers to help those in poverty

Posted February 6, 2019 5:35 a.m. EST
Updated February 6, 2019 5:36 a.m. EST

— Advocates will be in Raleigh on Wednesday to target newly elected lawmakers to support laws to help people in poverty.

Nearly half of the state’s population are poor or struggling, according to the Poor People’s Campaign.

The campaign is holding a call to action Wednesday, co-led by the Rev. William Barber, former N.C. NAACP president.

The campaign’s demands include a higher federal and state minimum wage, the right for all workers to form and join unions and fairer voting rights.

Campaign leaders said having these conversations when the legislative session starts can help lawmakers address the needs of North Carolinians in poverty.

Legislators and activists are expected to be at Halifax Mall; the discussions are scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.