voter reg. march

Union Soldier Campaign

to lead voter registration march and calls for immediate removal of Confederate memorial

(Tues.) June 9th, 2020
NC State Capitol

WHAT: The Union Soldier Campaign will lead a voter registration and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) march. In addition, the Campaign will publicly petition NC officials to immediately and peacefully remove the 75-foot-tall Confederate monument located on the State Capitol grounds.

WHO & WHY: Dressed in military fatigues, a brigade of 40 troops (and whoever else wants to join in) will lead a peaceful demonstration and voter registration march to encourage everyone to play an active role in the political and economic decisions that affect their lives.

WHERE: The ½-mile march will begin at the Confederate obelisk by the North Carolina State Capitol building and end at the NC State Board of Elections (430 N. Salisbury St.).

EDITOR’S NOTE: On April 4, 2018, the Union Soldier Campaign organized and led a peaceful march of over 100 UNC students and other Chapel Hill, NC community members calling for the peaceful removal of the Silent Sam statue. On January 15, 2019, the Union Soldier Campaign was the sole organizer of a Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday rally that encouraged UNC Chancellor Dr. Carol Folt to immediately remove the remaining pedestal of the Confederate monument. To view TV news coverage of the Union Soldier Campaign, visit


Laugh for Health

Laughter is the best medicne!

UNC Walk for Health seeks to raise awareness of the importance of laughter as a key component of overall physical and mental well-being.

Deep belly laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the powerful brain chemicals that not only reduce the perception of pain, but also produce a positive feeling in the body. Studies have shown that after just 15 minutes of laughing, people get the same vascular benefit as they would from spending 15 to 30 minutes at the gym.


UNC Walk for Health 2015


Contact: William Thorpe, Special Events Promoter

(919) 593-1093

Bobby Gersten Announces “Walk for Health” 

UNC’s oldest living basketball and baseball player to promote physical fitness by walking from the campus to Finley golf course.

Chapel Hill – March, 2015 – Bobby Gersten will lead the “2015 Walk for Health” on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The walk will begin 12 noon at the tennis courts at Jackson Hall and finish at Finley golf course. THIEF OF HEARTS will perform at the UNC General Administration parking area, the midpoint of the Walk. Thief of Hearts will perform at the UNC General Administration parking area, the midpoint of the Walk. Thief of Hearts is a local entertainment group specializing in live performances of favorite oldies, beach and Motown hits.  Also confirmed to perform are the Orange County Jammers, a senior citizen cheerleading team.

Walkers of all ages are welcome to participate. The objective of this event is three-fold: 1) encourage youth participation in recreational activities 2) promote a life-long interest in maintaining physical fitness and 3) publicly demonstrate that walking is the best physical fitness.

Obesity, a leading contributor to death, is tied to chronic, costly diseases, including diabetes and high blood pressure. According to the Stroke Association, walking briskly for up to 30 minutes can help prevent and control the high blood pressure that can cause strokes – reducing your risk by up to 27 per cent.

“The best way to lead is by example. Everybody wants longevity. Bobby is the epitome of healthy long-living. This ‘Walk for Health’ will be the most beneficial learning experience for the UNC community ever. After all, it’s physical fitness that keeps us alive,” comments event promoter, William Thorpe.

The first 100 people to register will receive an official walk t-shirt. You will also receive periodic “Walk for Health” updates and communications.

Walkers are encouraged to use designated, free park and ride shuttles from the Friday Center across from Meadowmont on N.C. 54. The shuttles will begin running at 11:00 a.m. and will continue until walkers depart Finley golf course (approximately 2:30p.m.)

For more information, to volunteer, register or become a sponsor, visit