From Together NC:
North Carolina’s budget crisis is creating a state of emergency for all working families, who face devastating cuts to vital programs.
Join Together NC and to say “NO” to destructive budget cuts and “YES” to a balanced solution that is fair and progressive and includes new revenues.
When: Monday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Across from the Jones Street entrance to the Legislative Building. We’ll gather on the outdoor space between the NC Museum of History and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences
What: A rally followed by a march to the N.C. General Assembly to call on our state leaders to say “No” to destructive budget cuts and “YES” to a balanced solution
Why: Times are tough right now. The economy is down, unemployment is sky high, and hundreds of thousands of families are struggling. An unprecedented budget crisis threatens our state government’s ability to provide even the most basic of services. While all working families in North Carolina will feel the impact – cuts to education, health care, public safety and other crucial programs will disproportionately impact our most disadvantaged, disenfranchised, and vulnerable citizens: minority and low-income families, the disabled, older adults, and children.
We must convince lawmakers to adopt a wise, balanced approach that makes judicious cuts and raises funds equitably.
Parking and Location Details
The NC Museum of Natural Sciences has an excellent map on their website marking parking areas near the 2 museums and Legislative Building:
The museum is marked in green on the map. We will be gathering near the entrance to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences building. You can use the museum’s address as a destination point for your directions to Raleigh:
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Timeline of Events
We plan to kick-of the rally at 5:45 with a series of speakers, so please plan to arrive by 5:30. We will have volunteers at a couple of sign-in points and walking around with a petition/sign-in sheets.
We will walk together to the Legislative Building (directly across the street) no later than 6:30 pm. The plan is to fill the House and Senate Chambers. Once the two chambers are full, the overflow of rally attendees will gather outside the doors of the Senate and House chambers. We will have multiple volunteers outside and inside of the General Assembly to help guide people to the chambers and chamber entrances.
The House and Senate will start their session at 7 pm. There is no way to predict how long the session will last. If you are looking for an end-time to tell people, 7:45 is a safe bet.
We will provide rally attendees with a list of House and Senate members room and phone numbers so they can either make office visits or phone calls while they are at the General Assembly. This will be particularly useful for those people who do not make it into the Chamber.