Art Pope protesters will picket Weaverville Roses this afternoon to draw attention to wages

Full announcement from North Carolina AFL-CIO:

(WEAVERVILLE, NC) – On December 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM, local residents will hold an informational picket outside the Roses on Weaver Blvd. in Weaverville as part of the NC NAACP and Forward Together Movement’s Art Pope informational picket campaign. They will hand out information on Budget Director and Roses-owner Art Pope and the extremist and regressive Legislative policies he supports. These policies hurt the very people who franchise his stores and supply a large share of his income.

What: Informational picket about Art Pope’s low-wage retail and big-money political empire
When: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Where: Roses, 165 Weaver Blvd., Weaverville, NC 28787
Who: Just Economics, Western NC Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the NAACP, and the “Forward Together” Movement
Why: Roses customers and the community have a right to know what Roses-owner Art Pope is doing to keep people poor and powerless in Weaverville
Visuals: A dozen or more Weaverville-area residents handing off flyers to Roses customers; signs and banners explaining how Art Pope uses his retail empire to push his right-wing political agenda
See what the flyer looks like: http://bit.ly/18XbKv5 (English) and http://bit.ly/18XbDQ8 (Spanish)

The Art Pope informational picket campaign began on December 2nd as a statewide effort to raise awareness across North Carolina and demand that Art Pope support the request for a “Special Redemption Session” of the North Carolina General Assembly to reverse course on two extremist policies, the denial of Medicaid and emergency unemployment benefits that will harm the most vulnerable members of our state.

The picketers are not calling for a boycott of Art Pope-owned stores. The purpose is to inform the communities surrounding these stores, North Carolina, and the nation about the ways that Art Pope uses his money to hurt the very people who work and shop at his stores.


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