Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 5:51pm
I've just returned from a day at the NC NAACP annual state convention in Rocky Mount. Though I had been to quite a few NAACP meetings in the past, I didn't make it official until joining in April of this year. Little did I know the wave of Moral Monday activism that would be ahead. This was my first time going to the state convention, and as I do with many political activities, I thought I'd share here on Blue NC to encourage folks to attend a local branch meeting for your area and see what you're missing out on if you're not at the state convention.
Of course we had a Democracy NC table set up to pass out our legislative reports, our 2013 get out the vote wallet cards, and other materials we've produced:
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 12:53pm
I've joined in some marches with these students, and they have been powerful. If you're someone who has ever said, the next generation really needs to take up the mantle of fighting for justice, then you're someone who needs to be here to show support for their efforts to do just that. Here's the information on the event from a NC NAACP e-blast.
Moral Monday 18 To Be Led By Youth
Monday, September 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM
First Baptist Church, 101 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh
Shouldn't we at least spend that same amount of time working to right our collective wrongs?
Many conservatives believe it's past time for black people to stop getting special attention. They say it's time for blacks to step up and manage the challenges they're facing on their own. These conservatives want to eliminate affirmative action and the voting rights act. They want to shred the safety nets that support poor people, a disproportionate number of whom are black. They want to resurrect the death penalty, which is also prejudiced against black people. The white separatist movement is alive and sick.
Submitted by Rick Vogel on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 10:25pm
A 300 plus group of the usual spirited, noisy Moral Monday participants assembled in the Burnsville town square for two hours of excellent speeches, music and the good natured but serious smack down of the regressive, mean spirited garbage, passing as laws, that oozed up from the cesspool of Republican minds passing itself off as the NC General Assembly.
An enjoyable mix of speechifying by teachers, librarians, religious leaders, past Moral Monday arrestees and music by local artists kept the crowd entertained for the rain free two hours. A representative of the NAACP was on hand to encourage the crowd and Rep. Ray Rapp who was in the crowd was recognized and thanked for his past work by the MC.
All in all a successful outing that not only attracted Yancey residents but folks from 8 or 10 counties all over the state. Well done Burnsville organizers!
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 7:37pm
The second Witness Wednesday, a spin-off recurring bit of activism from the Moral Mondays, was led by North Carolina's youth and students. It started with a press conference and was followed by a march to the Governor's office to deliver their demands relating to civil rights, voting rights, education, the racial justice act, and other important issues.
Submitted by MsSpentyouth on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 5:06am
Hundreds of supporters crowded the third-story balcony above the 84 participants in civil disobedience plus media covering the prohibited peaceful gathering at the NCGA on June 10, 2013.
The start to yesterday's Moral Monday at the N.C. General Assembly in Raleigh was delayed a bit because of tornado warnings and a sudden spate of harsh weather, but pouring rain didn't dampen the spirits of the many hundreds of protesters who gathered at the Halifax Mall behind the General Assembly building to speak out against the raft of odious bills being pushed through the state legislature by the Republican supermajority.
The total number of arrests in six waves of what the NAACP-North Carolina has dubbed "Moral Monday" was brought to 388 by the 84 people (myself and a couple other Kossacks, including the fantastic joank, who was also celebrating her birthday through civil disobedience) who entered the General Assembly to sing songs of resistance, to pray in front of the doors of the second-story N.C. House chambers, and to hold up protest signs (which are prohibited in the building) and refusing to disperse. Click here for the News & Observer's photos of the arrests.
We saw Funk amongst us, along with other journalists, and he was clearly taking notes in a notebook, interviewing clergy, not singing or praying, carrying no signs, and holding up his media credentials and explaining his role to the G.A. police officers when they made the dispersal announcements. Those of us near him also explained to officers that Funk was not a green armband (designating civil-disobedience participants) and was not among our group. Nonetheless,
Funk, who was wearing Charlotte Observer identification, was handcuffed and taken along with the arrested protesters to the Wake County magistrate’s office to be arraigned on misdemeanor charges of trespassing and failure to disperse.
Jeff Weaver, police chief for the General Assembly Police in Raleigh who oversaw the arrests, told The Associated Press that Funk did not heed a warning from officers to disperse before the arrests began.
Funk was taken to the Wake County Detention Center with the 84 civil disobedience arrestees and processed for charges, then released around 11 p.m. with the fourth busload of arrestees.
Submitted by Rick Vogel on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 9:23am
Now is the time, Here is the place, We are the People, And we will be heard. A proud and defining moment.
Maybe you have recently thought, "I could do that, I could join the citizen pushback against the terrible legislation coming out of the General Assembly on Jones Street in Raleigh." If you have considered taking part but felt you required information on exactly what will transpire between you and the General Assembly Police once you join the 150 or so dedicated supporters of the Rev. William J. Barber's Moral Mondays in the General Assembly building on Jones Street in Raleigh, read on.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-682-4700
Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700
Atty. Jamie Phillips Cole, Public Policy Coordinator, 919-682-4700
Open Letter to NC Governor, Speaker of the NC House of Representatives and President Pro Tem of the NC Senate
The Honorable Pat McCrory
Governor, State of North Carolina
The Honorable Thom Tillis
Speaker of the NC House of Representatives
The Honorable Phil Berger
President Pro Tem of the NC Senate
Dear Governor McCrory, Speaker Tillis and President Pro Tem Berger:
Today we call on you to look into the eyes of the people and children affected by your policies of cynicism and politics of division and see the hurt they will reap in North Carolina. We demand that you meet with us and those you are hurting with your regressive policies.
Governor McCrory, Speaker Tillis and President Pro Tem Berger, reports say that you meet with the extreme right wing strategists of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Today we ask you to meet with the parents whose children will not receive pre-K education this year. We ask you to meet with children who would go to even more underfunded schools due to a possible voucher program, expanded charter schools and budget cuts that would all drain resources from public education. We ask that you meet with the students who will suffer because of your efforts to defund and seriously dismantle public education.
We ask you to meet with those who will have to pay increased sales and service tax while millionaires get a tax break. Please look directly into the eyes of the people who are the working poor of this state who you raised taxes on when you slashed the Earned Income Tax Credit.
We ask you to meet with the elderly and the poor who will have a difficult time gathering the documents necessary to obtain a voter ID. We ask you to look these people in the eyes who have voted for decades and will now face barriers to the ballot.
We assume you meet with lobbyists and lawyers. We ask you to meet with the patients who no longer will have healthcare coverage under your policy and the doctors who have sworn an oath to care for them.
Governor McCrory, Speaker Tillis and President Pro Tem Berger, we understand you meet with the Chamber of Commerce. We ask you to meet with the clergy who provide pastoral work to hundreds of thousands who will soon be without Medicaid or a basic economic safety net in this state. Instead they will have reduced unemployment benefits or no benefits at all.
We ask you to look the North Carolinians in the face whom your policies disregard, displace and attempt to disenfranchise. Look us in the eyes and tell us that you are doing this for the good of the whole as our State Constitution that you swore to uphold demands.
Submitted by MsSpentyouth on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 2:28am
Members of the N.C. Legislative Black Caucus show their support for protesters and those arrested for walking into "The People's House" (N.C. General Assembly) and refusing to leave.
First busload of arrestees is driven to Raleigh Correction Center past the hundreds of protesters on the street.
Supported by a crowd of more than 500 people filling the mall area outside the N.C. General Assembly in Raleigh, 57 people were arrested for civil disobedience at the legislative building this afternoon and evening -- arrests of people peaceably assembled and singing songs of peace and unity to protest the ALEC-ification of our state. This brings the total number of civil-disobedience arrests so far to 153, including 17 arrests April 29, 30 arrests on May 6, 49 arrests on May 13, and 57 arrests today (May 20).
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