The group urged North Carolinians to vote for new leadership in the upcoming election on a national and local level.
“Since Republicans took over leadership of the legislature and Gov. McCrory’s been in office, we’ve seen more cuts to higher education,” state Rep. Graig Meyer, D-Orange said in an interview.
Speakers at the event emphasized the importance of electing candidates with agendas that will honor Article IX in the North Carolina State Constitution.
Section 9 of Article IX states the N.C. General Assembly will provide N.C. public universities free of expense, as far as practicable.
Other speakers at the event included UNC students, alumni and educational and political figures.
“The biggest thing that has accelerated the student debt crisis is the disinvestment from higher education institutions in the UNC system,” Maggie Thompson, the executive director of Generation Progress Action, said in an interview.
The press conference was held in coordination with the release of a study on student loans and debt by Generation Progress Action on Thursday.