People from Winston-Salem travel to Raleigh for march

People from Winston-Salem travel to Raleigh for march
February 18
00:00 2016
Local NAACP chapter President Isaac Howard greets people as they board the bus headed to Raleigh for the Moral March on Saturday, Feb. 13



Below freezing temperatures and a forecast threatening to dump snow on the entire state did not stop more than a dozen people from Winston-Salem from taking the two-hour bus ride to Raleigh to participate in the Moral March on Saturday, Feb. 13

During the march, which was organized by the N.C. NAACP and the Move Forward Together Movement, thousands of people took to the streets to voice their opinions on a number of issues, including economic justice, educational equity, health care expansion and the protection of voting rights.

Many of those who rode the bus are members of the Winston-Salem Branch of the NAACP and Democracy North Carolina (DNC), a non-partisan organization that uses research, organizing and advocacy to increase voter participation, reduce the influence of big money in politics and achieve a government that is truly of the people.

DNC field organizer Linda Sutton said voting is very important to her because so many people have made sacrifices over the years to assure that everyone has the opportunity to cast a ballot during elections.

Sutton, who is also a member of the Community Mobilization Committee, recently held a meeting at Emmanuel Baptist Church to discuss the importance of the upcoming elections and encourage citizens to get involved.

“Voting has always been an important topic for me,” said Sutton. “Not too long ago, people of color were not even allowed to vote. We have to make sure we preserve that right for younger generations.”

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