This weekend is HKonJ.
In a time when leaders across the American federalist system are abdicating their responsibility to apply law in an equitable way, barring and demonizing any effort to bring reform and promoting divisive rhetoric, it is more important than ever for the citizens of the Old North State to rally in support of the extension of rights to all people and the promotion of minority groups.
The event, which starts at 8:30 a.m. in Raleigh, represents the coming together of people concerned about the direction our state and country are going in. Last year was a high mark for HKonJ, with up to 80,000 people in attendance. That is wonderful, and hopefully, that number will rise this Saturday.
But why should someone give up a Saturday morning of sleep to attend? It’s simple, power in numbers. Writing you congressional leaders is good, but taking to the streets is the truest form of democratic expression.
The photos coming out of HKonJ will show those who wish to promote racism and bigotry that the number of people opposing their agendas is on the rise. North Carolina is a battleground state, and the concerned people of this state need a show of force.