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.

Moral Monday #6: 84 arrested; 388 arrests so far

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.

Kim Yaman is arrested for civil disobedience for peacefully assembling with others at the N.C. General Assembly on June 10, 2013. Photo by News&Observer.

This week, however, an 85th arrest was made: Charlotte Observer religion reporter Tim Funk was handcuffed and detained by G.A. and Raleigh police officers for "failure for disperse." Funk was visibly wearing media credentials and was interviewing Charlotte-area clergy attending the protest and 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.

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