Last weekend, Young Democrats across the state attempted to highlight solutions to combat growing poverty in North Carolina as part of the “Bootstraps Tour.” Through their efforts more than 1,000 pounds of food have been collected for local food banks.
Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) chapters in counties from Macon to New Hanover participated and helped YDNC collect the food items. A caravan of Young Democrats traveled across the state from Franklin to Fort Fisher. Stops on the tour included Franklin, Asheville, Forest City, Charlotte, Greeensboro, Raleigh, Greenville and Wilmington.
“North Carolina’s General Assembly has ‘cut off the bootstraps’ of the working-class and the poor by passing bills to kill jobs and rip holes in the social safety net,” said Macon County resident and Young Democrats of North Carolina National Committeeman Justin Conley. “Public education – the most important path out of poverty – is on the chopping block.”
The tour focused on poverty across North Carolina, and addressed what the Young Democrats think is the state’s inaction on the issue. “As poverty is increasing in every part of North Carolina – even suburban areas – the Republican-controlled General Assembly has done nothing to create jobs,” said YDNC National Committeewoman Akilah Ensley. “Instead, they’ve focused on divisive social issues and bills that make it harder for North Carolina’s minorities, students, and seniors to vote.”
According to organizers, the tour addressed how the General Assembly’s “false austerity” hurts poor and working-class North Carolinians. The Young Democrats want to spread their belief that the state’s budget killed public and private jobs while increasing the tax burden for the working poor.
Founded in 1928, the Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) is an organization for all registered Democrats under 36, including College Democrats and Teen Democrats. YDNC is one of the oldest political organizations in our state, and is the founding chapter of the Young Democrats of America. YDNC is the official youth auxiliary of the North Carolina Democratic Party.