Moral Monday Event Sept 22 - Yancey Mitchell County

Moral Monday Citizen Advocacy and Moral March to the Polls Rally September 22

The Yancey-Mitchell NAACP will host a Moral Monday rally in Burnsville’s Town Square on Monday, September 22, from 5 to 7 PM. The Forward Together/Moral Monday movement has launched a Moral March to the Polls Campaign with Get-Out-The-Vote rallies, canvasses, voter education programs and Moral Monday actions across the state. The Moral Monday movement rallies against legislative policies that harm our communities and people. It does not promote partisan ideologies. Instead, grass roots advocates stand up for equality, healthcare, fully funded public education, a living wage, economic and environmental justice and voting rights for all North Carolina citizens! Speakers will include author and historian Tim Tyson and radio talk show host Ned Doyle.

The Typical Mountain Boys and Pete and Kim McWhirter will provide music. This event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

NAACP and Working Films bring Moral Movies series to NC

The NAACP and Wilmington's Working Films are bringing a series of documentaries to Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Greenville, Raleigh and Wilmington dealing with issues that have come to the forefront since the Pope TeaBagger takeover of the state's government.

When and where is the next Moral Monday?

Can anyone let me know when and where the next Moral Monday meeting will be held? Is there a location or a point of contact that I can reach out to that I can get a schedule?

McCrory administration attempts to block constitutional speech

Raw Story highlights the attempt by the McCrory administration to stop the Moral Monday protest yesterday. The judge had some harsh words for Special Deputy Attorney General Don Teeter. The headline says it all: "NC defends governor’s ban on NAACP protests by warning about ‘womanless’ marriages".

NAACP attorney Scott Holmes told Judge Allen Baddour that the state’s action’s were unconstitutional because the state had claimed that the permit had been denied because the event would have more than 100 people. But hundreds of people attended a Christmas tree lighting ceremony with Gov. McCrory in the same area earlier this month.

“What’s really going on here is that the state has preferred speech and non-preferred speech,” Holmes explained. “They prefer government speech over the people’s speech. And that’s unconstitutional.”

NC NAACP convention photo blog

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:


Youth-led march for voting rights & education

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

Art Pope's Civitas drawn into NC voter law suit

The Institute for Southern Studies is reporting that the lawyer representing the NAACP and the 92 year old voter at the heart of a lawsuit over NC's strict voting laws have served notice to Civitas:

How long is long enough?

This is a revision of a post I wrote earlier this year.

The first documented use of slaves in North America occurred in 1581. Slavery was legal until 1865. In other words, slavery was legal in this land of ours for 284 long years.

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.

Burnsville rocks a Moral Monday!

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!

Youth take their concerns to the Governor

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.

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