If you are reading this, we have been arrested.
Molly McDonough, why I got arrested:
Bryan Perlmutter, why I got arrested:
Our state is in crisis. Right wing politicians and millionaires have bought the North Carolina legislature and are in control of our state. Instead of serving the people of North Carolina through providing healthcare, education, and jobs, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, Governor Pat McCrory, Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger, and Deputy Budget Director Art Pope have proposed a racist, backwards vision for NC.
Their right wing agenda targets people of color, immigrants, working people, LGBTQ people, women, and youth so that wealthiest few can continue to remain in power. The legislature’s massive cuts to unemployment insurance and their refusal to expand Medicaid earlier this year were just the tip of the iceberg of their regressive agenda for our state. Racist voter suppression and deep budget cuts to public education and services are next. The governor’s proposed budget cuts nearly $200 million from education while eliminating the estate tax — which only applies to just 23 of the richest estates in NC but will cost the state over $50 million in lost revenue per year.
Our communities have been devastated by years of attacks and cannot afford this regressive agenda. The NC NAACP issued a call to action, and students and community members chose to participate in an act of civil disobedience on April 29. We participated in this action because we see the necessity to force politicians to hear our voices, and to show resistance if they continue to ignore the interests of the people. As students and young people, we see our futures under attack and have chosen to put our bodies on the line to resist these attacks on our rights. The power of the state should rest in the people, not with a few legislators in Raleigh. Our arrest will not stop us. We will continue to mobilize and hold politicians accountable.
As students, we recognize that our struggles are inextricably intertwined with the struggles of others. To build our own power, we must build solidarity and strength. We are all fighting the same enemy: a white-supremacist, heteronormative, classist, patriarchal ideology that is permeating through our legislature. This struggle is only beginning.
On May 1st students will gather at the NC State Bell Tower at 1:30 PM. We will march downtown, making stops at the Civitas Institute and Moore Square to join with other community groups. We will then head to the legislative building where we will bring our demands and ensure our voices are heard. We call on all students to join us in this struggle for justice and join us on May Day and in the movement.
The lines in the sand have been clearly drawn, and we stand on the side of justice.
April 29, 2013
Molly McDonough and Bryan Perlmutter, NC Student Power Union