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Thousands Will March in Raleigh Saturday

February 11, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. - Thousands of people will converge in Raleigh on Saturday to demand that Gov. Beverly Perdue reject proposed spending cuts to balance the budget. The H-K on J March stands for "Historic Thousands on Jones Street." It is expected to bring as many as 10,000 people past the state legislative building in support of the hundreds of state and local programs that would see cuts in funding. North Carolina faces close to a $3 billion budget shortfall.

This year's theme for the march is "Forward together, not one step back." Pat McCoy, executive director of Action N-C, a community agency serving Charlotte and Durham, explains.

"We understand there are going to be some budget reductions. We are extremely concerned, however, that cuts might be made in a way that we would move backward rather than continuing to move forward."

Gov. Perdue will give her State of the State address on Monday night. She is expected to release her proposed budget to the General Assembly by mid-week.

The NAACP is sponsoring the March. More than 100 other organizations will be participating, as well. Organizers are focusing their message on jobs, voters' rights and education equality.

Groups protesting the cuts point to the substantial growth the state has seen because of its improved quality of life, which they say could be affected with a cuts-only approach. McCoy says the cuts threaten to lose the state's momentum.

"North Carolina has made progress in investing in communities and in families and children in a way that has made our state a bit of a model here in the South."

The H-K on J March will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday near the Shaw University Campus. Marchers will stop in front of the state legislative building, where speakers will address the crowd.

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Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - NC