By Breanna Francis, The Journal
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Gripping canvas signs and a large, fake check made out to West Virginia families, Working Families Party demonstrators in favor of providing family infrastructure to citizens with the passage of the THRIVE Act demanded to be heard during Thursday evening’s protest outside of Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s field office on Foxcroft Avenue.
Morgan Sell, an organizer with the Working Families Party, said Thursday’s event, echoed across the state by similar events at other field offices, was a call to action for the United States senator to show her support for West Virginia’s residents over corporate gains by supporting the “Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy (THRIVE) Act.
“We are calling on Capito to invest in West Virginia families, to invest in the future generation of families, so people can live and continue to grow here in West Virginia, and sometimes that looks like human infrastructure and infrastructure for families,” Sell said. “And that’s what we are asking for; not just roads and bridges. Yes to broadband, yes to improving roadways, yes to clearing waterways… but we don’t give a damn about a road if we don’t have a car to drive on it. Our families need infrastructure care first. Families need affordable child care, we need care for our elderly… we need to go bold, and we need to go bigger for the people of West Virginia.” …