Today at the NC State Legislature, advocates to Stop Common Core came together and made the rounds to talk to legislators about their concerns. Moms, Dads, Grandmothers, Grandfathers and just concerned citizens with no children of their own or with grown children all showed up. It was great to see so many faces from all walks of life and ages, including some children in tow — like my own — come out to take a stand.
FreedomWorks helped organize the event and broke us into groups to go and have talks with various representatives. Each group had at least 10 people in it and there were over at least 10 groups. Not a bad start! The tone was respectful and the conversations constructive. Many of our concerns were already on the radar of the representatives. We made certain that the Common Core Study Bill was a MUST DO for each of them.
Here are a few snapshots from the event:
We also saw Governor Pat McCrory — he was very engaged in his call and didn’t stop to speak with us. My kids were a bit disappointed, Governor. As a taxpayer, I understood you were busy but even a quick acknowledgement would have been nice. Consider this a warning shot — Common Core is not going away and neither are we. Deal with us or don’t at your own political peril.
We weren’t the only ones at the NCGA today. The Durham Democratic Women were out in force … if one can call about half a dozen to be a force. They had signs ranging from ‘Don’t frack with my water’ to signs about cutting pre-k funding and there were, of course, ‘let women choose’ regarding contraception and abortion. Quite a smorgasboard. The camera crews were milling about and none of them seemed interested in filming this poor ladies.
Don’t take my word for it, here are the pictures:
Yes, that was all of them.
She was really excited I was taking her picture. Probably not so excited I think her signs are vague and ham handed.
So, there’s the big difference — Stop Common Core got organized and took the concerns we had right to the representatives while the Democrats sat outside waving a variety of signs with no single main message.
Oh , I’ll also add that no one from our group was arrested. Ahem.