WILMINGTON, NC - (WECT) - The President of the North Carolina NAACP stopped in the Port City Friday. It's part of Rev. Dr. William Barber tour of the state in hopes of getting thousands together for the Moral March on Raleigh Historic Thousands on Jones Street on February 8th in Raleigh.
He says this year is very important for the effort, firstly, because he says some of the legislation that passed last year needs to change. "[This year] comes in the wake of all this extremism, it comes after people have driven across the state to challenge the legislature, it comes in the wake of the abusive and arrogance we've seen in public policy, you know, the governor would not meet with us," explained Rev. Barber.
He say also says this year is important because people have the chance to vote and make a difference. "Last year, legislatures had a chance to vote and change legislation, this year we will vote with our voices and with our votes at the ballot box," said Rev. Barber.
He says they will be making sure people have the ability to get to the polls and cast their ballots.
Some of the other issues that he says they will be focusing on are the Voter ID Bill, cuts to education, and new laws which he says undermine women's rights.
He says he hopes the February 8th march will kick off not only a year of action, but also action in the years to come.
"I believe it will launch and inaugurate a continued vigilance, people understand that we cant afford to be apathetic because when you are apathetic extremist take over and when they do they want to take steps backwards, but we want to take steps forward," said Rev. Barber.
Busses will be leaving from Wilmington to take people to the march.
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