Local organization hosts 'March to the Polls' event for low-wage workers in Raleigh

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Sunday, March 3, 2024
Local organization hosts a march to the polls for low-wage workers
Local organization hosts a march to the polls for low-wage workers

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Raleigh community leaders pushed for low-wage workers to vote ahead of Super Tuesday.

There was a "March to the Polls" on Saturday in downtown Raleigh. Starting at 11 a.m., the group met at the State Capitol ground and marched to the legislature.

The event is known as the "Poor People's Campaign", which was founded years ago by Bishop William Barber.

It stems from the "North Carolina Forward Together Moral Movement", which highlights key issues like poverty and pushing for higher working wages.

The campaign is calling on legislators to take action against poverty, which is the fourth highest cause of death.

ABC11 spoke with Reverend Rob Stephens, who is part of the NC organizing committee with the Poor People's Campaign.

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"We need to come to Raleigh to make our voices heard and take back the moral voice from these extremists and own our power," he said. "This movement is a powerful one and about getting to those who aren't voting or who don't think their vote matters."

Sangria Noble also works as an organizer.

"This movement is about focusing on those who have died, the 800 per day who die from being poor," Noble said.

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