I read with excitement that the next Moral Monday’s theme will be centered on voting rights. As we are facing an up-hill battle with legislation aimed at weakening the minority and young vote in North Carolina, I began to think of another way activists can work to change things.
It may not be as glamorous or it may not be as exciting as the actual rally, but what many of our Counties, cities and precincts need is some good old fashioned canvassing, door knocking, voting registration drives and meetings with constituents to start building a new and improved voting partnership of like-minded individuals.
So attend Moral Monday if you are able and let the world see how much support there is for common sense reform and legislation in North Carolina. When you come home, reflect on the event and then begin to think of ways we can bring this energy and enthusiasm from Raleigh to every nook and cranny of our great state.
The real test of this movement’s testament as a catalyst for change will not be counted in people present at the rally, but in numbers of voters voting for liberty and justice for all at the ballot boxes across North Carolina.
It is my hope that our state and county party leaders capitalize on this growing sense of urgency and formulate a plan that goes beyond posters and bull horns and includes grass roots interaction that can catapult our municipal and state elections this year and next.
So please attend Moral Monday and make your voice heard and show the world that North Carolina is more than just the out of touch and antiquated legislation they see on TV., but when it is all said and done what people will ultimately remember and what this movement will be judged by is how it assisted in turning out the vote against those who would like us to go back to the 1940’s.
The real question now should be what next? And if our state party leaders are on the ball, the answer will be a decisive and well thought out strategic initiative which transfers the angst and urgency of Moral Monday’s into action Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. If not, the Moral Monday rallies have been a great way to spend time on a Monday evening but will have little impact on our local, county and state elections.