RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Thousands showed up in downtown Raleigh and braved the bitter cold Saturday morning as they participated in the 10th Annual Moral March on Raleigh and HKonJ People’s Assembly.
The North Carolina NAACP and Forward Together Moral Movement joined together, along with people from across the state and the country, to participate in the non-partisan march and get out the vote rally.
— Lauren Haviland (@LaurenWNCN) February 13, 2016
In a media release, organizers said of Saturday’s event they
…will welcome all who are concerned about the moral state of our politics, to hear directly from people who have been harmed by extremist policies. It will not be a political campaign for any candidate or party. The purpose of the Moral March will be to empower all who are present to organize and mobilize for active engagement in the voting process.”
This year’s theme is to get out the vote and the campaign is being called “This is our Selma, our time, our vote.”
North Carolina GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said in a statement to the media earlier in the week that “The Moral Monday crowd may be back, but their agenda is the same. Their agenda, backed by out of state labor unions and special interests, would raise taxes by billions, and their continued obstructionism is no way to move this state forward.”
Members of the clergy from multiple religions spoke and there were a number of cultural arts performances Saturday morning before the march began at 10 a.m. near South Street between Wilmington Street and Salisbury Street.