Labor leaders meet to push voter registration campaigns
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GOLDSBORO, N.C. -- They may come from all walks of life, but no matter their background their mission is to defend democracy. Before Sunday service at the Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ the focus turned to voter rights to open up a conversation that will affect the future.
"We will make this happen, this is the kind of coalition all across this country that will shift the agenda," Reverend William Barber said. He is the President of the North Carolina NAACP. He's working with other labor groups to organize the southern freedom movement.
It's a grassroots effort to make sure all voices are heard November 6.
"We in churches, we in temples, mosques, we have every one of our branches registering 25 to 30 people," he said.
According to the group, the southern states have some of the biggest problems with redistricting and voter fraud in the nation.
Michael Mulgrew is a Democratic delegate and is the President of the United Federation for Teachers. He believes the best way to fix the problem of voter suppression among ethnic groups and the poor starts with education.
"Ten years ago it was let's make sure we get more people participating in the political process and now we see laws coming across in many states we're they're trying to push people away from the political process I don't know why people are afraid of letting the people decide," he said.
While the ideas are being discussed this election season, the group hopes the conversations will continue until a solution is reached.