Raleigh is a small city, but like the rest of the US, it has seen its share of protests over the last few years. These short protest videos from Raleigh, NC document a few of the demonstrations staged around this part of North Carolina in 2019 and 2020.

These films are not raw footage, but have been edited and highly produced, featuring graphics, music and interviews with some of the participants. Most of them portray a festive atmosphere, but there is also anger at many forms of injustice.

In the protest videos below, watch boisterous demonstrations against climate change, racial injustice and war.

Hear women talk about why they are attending the 2020 Women’s March.

Enjoy music and speeches from Indivisible group “Tuesdays with Tillis” at their weekly protest against President Trump and North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis.

View the 14th annual Moral March on Raleigh and listen to activists speak about what the gathering means to them.

Witness angry denunciations of Trump’s aggression against Iran.

See climate activists hold a wake for the earth and advocate for the Green New Deal.

2019 Climate Strike Rally—Raleigh, NC

Shot at a climate rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, this hypersonic montage of people and activities is set to a thrashing soundtrack.

The video features William Barber III, Co-chair of the Ecological Devastation Committee for the NC Poor People’s Campaign, who declares that diverse communities must stand together to resolve the climate crisis: “Do not let them tell you this is not an intersectional, interracial, powerful national movement…The only way forward is forward together.”

To prevent climate catastrophe our only hope is for all progressive campaigns to rise in solidarity and build an inclusive, mass movement of movements.

Halifax Mall – September 20, 2019. Music track by Silent Partner. iPhone SE, iMovie, Photoshop


Tuesdays with Tillis

Four days after Donald Trump was inaugurated in 2017, a weekly protest began at the Raleigh office of North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis. This video presents a snapshot of a few of these gatherings at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. Watch interviews with participants, some short, inspiring speeches, and lots of music.

Tuesdays with Tillis, a nonpartisan, progressive, grassroots community, is part of the Indivisible network. The group objects to the senator’s right-wing policies, the disregard for his constituents’ interests, and his sycophantic support of the president.

Meeting every single Tuesday, even in the rain and freezing cold, the activists developed into a close-knit community, finding emotional support as they joined together to express their anger and share their fears.

The demonstrations ended after March 10, 2020 (week 163) when mass gatherings were banned by the governor of North Carolina due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But meetings continue online each Tuesday as members persevere, writing letters, phone banking, and exploring new ways to resist the erosion of US democracy in cooperation with other local groups.

Tuesdays with Tillis website – https://tuesdayswithtillis.org/

Shot in Raleigh, NC between November 19, 2019 and February 4, 2020.


2020 Raleigh Women’s March

“Women Protecting the Future”
Raleigh, NC Jan. 26, 2020


A Wake (Up) for the Earth

Extinction Rebellion Action
November 29, 2019
Carrboro, NC
A UN report warns that up to one million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction.


Voices of the 14th Annual Moral March on Raleigh

Participants in the Moral March on Raleigh and People’s Assembly talk about why they have given up their Saturday morning to march for justice.

The march was sponsored by the North Carolina NAACP and over 200 other social justice organizations.

February 8, 2020


14th Annual Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People’s Assembly

The Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition is made up of the more than 125 North Carolina NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters from across the state and members of over 200 other social justice organizations.

Deep change can only happen when progressive factions UNITE to form an invincible movement of movements.

“I know we got our silos, but every now and then, there’s a time comes in the nation, we must join together in a moral fusion, and understand the interlocking injustices…”
— William J. Barber, II

Forward together, not one step back!

February 8, 2020


Durham Climate Strike for a Green New Deal

This youth-led strike for a Green New Deal started with a rally in Durham Central Park followed by a march through downtown Durham.

December 6, 2019
Durham, NC


No War with Iran protest – Raleigh, NC

After the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, anti-war protests broke out across the country. This video documents a march and rally that took place in Raleigh, NC on January 5, 2020.


Faisal Khan Rails Against Murder of Suleimani

Speaking a few days after the murder of Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani by a US drone strike, an angry Faisal Khan declares the president had ulterior motives for the attack: “This is a classic strategy game by Donald Trump to divert from his own political problems and impeachment.”

Khan, founder of the Carolina Peace Center, was speaking at a protest in Raleigh, NC. The event was organized by “Tuesdays with Tillis,” an Indivisible group that has met for 154 straight weeks in front of the downtown Federal Building. The protests target the policy positions of Senator Thom Tillis and his support for President Trump.

Khan: “It’s unacceptable for Thom Tillis, as a senator of the United States, to stay silent and complacent.”

January 7, 2020


More protest videos to come…


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