What: Mass Moral March in conjunction with the Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HKonJ) People’s Assembly, which is being billed as the “most massive moral rally in the South since Selma”
When: 9:30 a.m., Saturday, at Shaw University on Wilmington Street in Raleigh. The march to Fayetteville Street will begin at 10:30 a.m. An assembly will follow at the Capitol.
If you find yourself doubting what demonstrations of solidarity can accomplish, just remember what happened in Poland and the former Soviet Union and more recently during the Arab Spring. Change begins with a thought, and then that thought is voiced, and if that voice is loud enough, change will come.
It's not about them, it's about us. In all probability, we won't change the mind of a single elected official. Nor will we wipe the smirks off the faces of lobbyists who walk the halls in Raleigh, trading favors and greasing skids. They have told us again and again that they don't care what we think. They mean what they say.
But no matter what they say, we will be heard. We will make a statement, one that will inspire millions of North Carolina voters to step up and take charge. That's the mission, and you can be part of it.
The Moral March on Raleigh is being organized by HKonJ, Historic Thousands on Jones Street. This year's event promises to be a silo-busting shift into overdrive. Advocates for racial justice have come together with advocates for choice, the environment, human rights, healthcare, and more, knocking down barriers that have long divided the progressive movement. We are moving forward, together.
I will be there and I hope you will too. The Moral March on Raleigh will take place on February 8th. You don't want to miss it.
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Sat, 02/09/2013 - 9:38pm
The Historic Thousands on Jones Street annual march and rally for civil rights, social & economic justice, voting rights, and progressive causes of all stripes happened today in our state capital to urge legislators, the media and the public to pay attention to these important issues near the start of this legislative session. Here is a window into that event as seen through the lens of my camera phone.
Submitted by KatyMunger on Mon, 02/04/2013 - 11:50am
Friends -- as the far right steamrolls over our state, it is more important than ever for us to show the world that not all of North Carolina is a reactionary backwater intent on living in the 1950's. This coming Saturday is a great opportunity to come together and take a stand: please, join Progress NC and many other groups (some posting here) as we support our brothers and sisters at the NAACP in this year's HKonJ march to the General Assembly. This is the year to show our strength! To join us, just show up at Shaw University in Raleigh on February 9th and look for the Progress NC banner. Trust us: you'll have a great time and you *will* feel your power. Complete flyer after the jump.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Fri, 02/01/2013 - 3:01pm
Tara Romano for the NCWU Executive Committee
Six years ago, the North Carolina NAACP began building a multi-racial, multi-issue alliance of progressive organizations in North Carolina to form the Historic Thousands on Jones Street People’s Assembly Coalition (HKonJ-PAC). The movement — made up of over 125 member organizations — will continue its anti-racist, anti-poverty and anti-war agenda with its annual march on February 9, 2013.
If anyone is wondering whether going to marches and rallies makes a difference, I think this week gives you your answer. The rally this week made all the local news stations in a pretty big way, and HKonJ is getting some national attention. This is how you shape the debate!
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Sat, 02/11/2012 - 1:54pm
I am just back from HKonJ 6. I wanted to create a place with this blog entry for people to share their experiences and photos from the march and rally. For me, it was a great event. It was really empowering to see so many people supporting equality, voting rights, raising awareness about HAVA, and social justice. I saw old friends, made new contacts, and even saw Rep. Miller there as well. What was your experience with this, or past HKonJs?
Submitted by Will McMillian on Tue, 01/10/2012 - 12:08pm
On Saturday, this February the 11th, thousands of people from all walks of life will gather for the sixth time to march through downtown Raleigh and make their voices heard. This movement is called the Historic Thousands on Jones Street, or HKonJ for short, and it celebrates the diversity of the state of North Carolina as well as protests the injustices within her borders. HKonJ has a fourteen point agenda that they believe in, which calls for, among other things, the abolishment of the death penalty, fair and diverse public schools, health care for those who can’t afford it, and protection of the rights of immigrants.
Submitted by KatyMunger on Wed, 02/09/2011 - 2:15pm
You have no doubt heard about the HKonJ march this coming Saturday. I am happy to report weather forecasts are calling for a beautiful day. I am also happy to report that a morning of sewing, cutting and pasting has whipped our 9-foot tall puppetmaster (courtesy of Paperhand Puppet Intervention) into shape and he will be leading the Democracy NC contingent at the march. This is, of course, a total homage to James, who rightfully holds the banner when it comes to all Puppermaster communiques.
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