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.”