Thousands of people from across the state marched through downtown Raleigh on Saturday morning to persuade state lawmakers and a new governor to pass laws that make government more inclusive, less protective of the wealthy and better equipped to tackle poverty through greater access to health care and better schools.
The seventh annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street rally drew enough marchers to stretch from one end of downtown Fayetteville Street to the other. They squeezed into the plaza between the state history and natural sciences museums – a space that organizers say holds 10,000 people – to listen to speakers on a stage in front of the state legislative building.
It was an audience displeased with a government that is now firmly in Republican hands with the election of Pat McCrory as governor. Read more here.