Reportback from Raleigh People’s Assembly
Posted by raleighfist on March 30, 2010
On Saturday, March 20th the Raleigh People’s Assembly held a public meeting regarding the struggle for jobs in North Carolina. Members of Raleigh FIST, Black Workers for Justice, UE 150 the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, People’s Empowerment Movement and other community groups came together to build support behind a resolution calling on Raleigh City Council and other NC elected officials to support a public jobs program that would be the size and scope of the Work Projects Administration (WPA) of the 1930’s. The resolution has already gained tons of support including the endorsement of the NC AFL-CIO, UE150, Workforce Empowerment Alliance Community Team, state Representatives Larry Hall and Deborah Ross, Rev. William Barber State President of NAACP, Sister Margaret Rose Murray of Shaw University Radio WSHA and several hundred others. The Raleigh People’s Assembly is planning on holding a press conference on April 8th, the 75th anniversary of the WPA to call on local officials to support such a bill to address current mass unemployment. The NAACP and other grassroots leaders have been meeting with the Gov. Perdue to pressure her to hold a Jobs Summit in mid-April to listen to the people speak-out. The People’s Assembly is also building for a mass rally at the May 4th Raleigh City Council meeting, where supporters of the resolution will call on City elected officials to officially endorse it.