On Wednesday June 27, 2013, Charlotte team got a chance to protest against the Duke rate hikes in front of the Mecklenburg county courthouse. We fired people up by leading chants and passing out petitions. We also got the chance to be citizen advocates by giving our testimonies on the stand! This was my first time ever being on the stand for a good cause! It was an awesome experience to be able to be one of the many people testifying against the rate hikes. We used our personal experiences as Duke Energy customers to reach out to the commission to let them know that they are here for “we the people”, and that they need to say NO to rate hikes that will place economic burdens on the poor, NO to rate hikes that will cause premature deaths, and NO to rate hikes that will destroy natural habitats!
Participating in events like these has had a major impact on my life. These are life changing experiences that I am really thankful to be a part of.
Facia Johnson – Charlotte Team