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‘Remember in November’ Rally draws crowd to Capitol steps

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The front steps of the West Virginia Capitol provides banner space, performance stage and political “soap box” for the Saturday’s “Remember in November” rally as West Virginians gathered to express opinions about what rally organizers described as “the failed legislative session and in their hopes for returning the people’s voice to West Virginia politics this November.” Organizers cited legislation on labor issues, women’s issues and issues impacted low income and the LGBTQ community as examples of what they call a failed session. Karan Ireland, Charleston Council Woman and co­organizer of the rally, said, “If there’s one thing we learned this legislative session it’s that fighting on an issue by issue basis is a recipe for disaster. But if we rise together, we can take back the capitol, and drive a true People’s Agenda.” Ireland continued, “Saturday’s rally is a chance to glimpse our potential for solidarity and shared vision for a prosperous and just future for all West Virginians.” West Virginia Press Association Photo by Don Smith

 

2 Rally at Capitol

The front steps of the West Virginia Capitol provides banner space, performance stage and political “soap box” for the Saturday’s “Remember in November” rally as West Virginians gathered to express opinions about what rally organizers described as “the failed legislative session and in their hopes for returning the people’s voice to West Virginia politics this November.”  Organizers cited legislation on labor issues, women’s issues and issues impacted low income and the LGBTQ community as examples of what they call a failed session. Margaret Chapman Pomponio, the Executive Director of WV FREE, summarized her discontent, “The legislature’s priorities are out of step with everyday West Virginians. Throughout this session we have heard frustration and hopelessness about the backward attacks on labor, women and the LGBTQ community. We want to channel that discontent into something positive. People want jobs, health care and quality education, not divisive political fights.” West Virginia Press Association Photo by Don Smith

 

 

1 Rally at capitol

Volunteers hold the “Remember in November” banner on the front steps of the West Virginia Capitol, which provided banner space, performance stage and political “soap box” for the Saturday’s “Remember in November” rally as West Virginians gathered to express opinions about what rally organizers described as “the failed legislative session and in their hopes for returning the people’s voice to West Virginia politics this November.”  Organizers cited legislation on labor issues, women’s issues and issues impacted low income and the LGBTQ community as examples of what they call a failed session. Gary LeDuke, vice president of Chapter 2 of UE Local 170 remarked that his union is “participating in this event because, although our membership may not agree with each of the other organization’s political views, we recognize that we must find common ground and work together to affect substantial change.” West Virginia Press Association Photo by Don Smith

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