National Candlelight Campaign Against Cuts Coming to Downtown Raleigh

Media Advisory for December 10, 2012

Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, Communications Director, 336-255-2711,


Sen. Hagan urged to say: No cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, or Social Security and end tax breaks for top 2% at vigil on Monday, Dec. 10

(Raleigh, NC – 12/6/12) North Carolina working families will gather at sunset on Monday outside the Federal Building in Raleigh for a candlelight vigil to show public support and a moral imperative for Senator Kay Hagan and the rest of our congressional delegation to do right by workers, veterans, students, and retirees in budget negotiations. Doing the right thing means making sure the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes and opposing any cuts in benefits to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Bishop Hope Ward, leader of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, will open the candlelight vigil with a prayer. Two Triangle-area residents will then share a personal story about what Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid have meant to their lives. The vigil will end with a minute of silent reflection.

Since the election, working families in North Carolina have been mobilizing around the “Lame-Duck” session of Congress. On Nov. 8, workers and retirees joined others across the country for meetings in Congressional district offices. On Nov. 27-28, a delegation of North Carolina labor leaders traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby Senator Hagan and other members of our delegation. The Candlelight Campaign Against Cuts is the latest effort to make sure Congress gets the message that standing against tax fairness and for cuts to earned benefits is not only hugely unpopular but morally indefensible.

What: Candlelight vigil against cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and taxes on the rich

Where: Senator Kay Hagan’s office, 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601

When: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 5:00 PM (sunset)

Who: NC State AFL-CIO,, NC Conference of the United Methodist Church, NC Justice Center

1. Bishop Hope Ward of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church
2. Two Triangle-area residents with personal stories about how social insurance programs have saved their lives

Photo ops:
1. A group of two to three dozen North Carolinians lighting candles at sunset and holding vigil outside the Federal Courthouse in Raleigh
2. Signs urging Senator Kay Hagan to stand strong for North Carolinians

Interview opportunities:
1. Bishop Ward of the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church
2. Triangle-area denizens with a personal stake in negotiations on averting the “fiscal cliff”
3. A policy expert with the N.C. Budget and Tax Center with facts and figures for your story
4. State labor leaders James Andrews and MaryBe McMillan


The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing over one-hundred thousand union members, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of all working families. PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.

Candlelight campaign against cuts