HKonJ 2012 photoblog

Thousands of people took to the streets today in North Carolina’s capital city. HK on J (Historic Thousands on Jones Street) is an annual civil rights and progressive issue-based march in Raleigh, NC.  The 6th annual march happened yesterday morning. It was really empowering to see so many people there supporting equality, voting rights, and social justice.  And it was great to see Rep. Miller marching too.

Here are some pics of various groups at the march. The credit for these photos goes to Jeff Shaw, the Director of Communications with the NC Justice Center. You'll notice the HAVA Heart signs scattered throughout the pictures to raise awareness about the Help America Vote Act funds that can be used for early voting sites (needed in a big turnout election year), maintaining well-functioning elections equipment (needed in any election year), and training poll workers (especially important after a big redistricting year).  The General Assembly only has to keep election funding at past levels to qualify for these funds, but right now they're shorting that amount a little such that they won't qualify for these funds that are from the feds and already sitting in an NC bank account.  There is no reason to think 2012 will be a lower voting year than the past, so we definitely need to be prepared for that.











Here are a few pics taken by a friend, credit for this go to Yolanda Carrington, who also took the UNC civil rights center pic that I used as the lead photo:













And a picture I took of the post-march rally on my phone:



"Thousands rally for civil rights in downtown Raleigh"

"Both [National NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous and North Carolina NAACP head William Barber] said the majority lose when politicians use wedge issues to divide people, citing the example of a proposed amendment to the North Carolina constitution that would enshrine state laws barring gay marriage."

"Advocates for equality rally through Raleigh in HK on J march"

"The event addresses education equality, workers' rights and equal protection under the law. Participants say they are rallying for causes such as poverty, rights of the working class and voter suppression."

"HKonJ coalition pushes progressive political agenda in Raleigh" 

"The new far-right, Tea Party-backed ultra-conservative leadership of the General Assembly has attacked public education; assailed our voting rights; ignored the cries of the poor and unemployed; sought to divide us by race, income, region and sexual orientation; and tried to sell off our environment to the highest bidder," an advance copy Rev. Barber's speech said."

See more coverage here:  And some pics from Race to the Ballot:   

Thank you for capturing some great moments at HKonJ 2012.  

Also, I just noticed, the lead photo I used for this story features Orange County Commissioner candidate Mark Dorosin.


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