Protestors set to march in opposition to state budget cuts

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Hundreds of people are expected to line Capitol Square to protest Governor Kaine's proposed budget cuts. Organizers don't want to see some 2,500 plus state jobs eliminated.

"Someone has to speak out," said event organizer, Phil Wilyato. "We need to stop waiting for a savior to come along and bail us out of this situation. Working people have to get out into the street and raise their voices and say we've had enough, we're not going to take it anymore."

Wilyato is with the Virginia People's Assembly; the event organizer. They're upset that state workers have to suffer because of a budget shortfall and have their own solution for the state's money troubles.

"The wealthy corporations are not paying their fair share of the tax burden and we want to reverse that," said Wilyato.

The whole thing starts at Kanawha Plaza in Richmond where event organizers will hold a rally and it ends with a march at the state capitol where everyone participating hopes that their voice will be heard.

"No participation, no right to speak and maybe no right to eat," said event supporter, King Salim Khalfani. "No participation, lose your job. No participation, use our tax dollars to bail out the rich."

More than 60 organizations and individuals have endorsed the call for this Saturday's march. They're encouraging anyone with concerns about the future of the state budget to attend. Organizers have posted flyers everywhere they can think of in efforts to get as much support as possible. The whole thing starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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