PowerUp Hosts Successful Forum

The NCLCV Foundation’s outreach program PowerUp NC hosted a major Raleigh candidate forum just days before last week’s city elections.

Saige Martin speaks at the forum. Saige was one of the winners last Tuesday night, defeating an incumbent council member in District D.

More than 150 community members took part in the People First forum featuring almost every mayoral and city council candidate. Members of the media and the governor’s staff were also in attendance.

NCLCV Outreach Director Justine Oller described the event as unusually in-depth on topics including transit and environmental justice. Attendees noted that participating candidates were forced to go beyond stock answers to discuss issues of real impact to the community.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s Chief of Staff Kristi Jones (r) attended the forum.

PowerUp co-hosted the forum in partnership with other environmental, labor, and social justice groups, including the National Domestic Workers’ Alliance, Black Workers for Justice, the National Black Workers Center Project, the North Carolina A. Phillip Randolph Institute, and Raise Up for 15.

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