Moral March on Raleigh: Be there

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Press release with details on Moral March

Received via email from the NCNAACP:

Diverse North Carolina Coalition Kicks Off a Year of Nonviolent Direct Action, Popular Education, Litigation and Voter Engagement

RALEIGH - The Forward Together Moral Movement, a broad, multiracial coalition movement led by the North Carolina NAACP, has called for thousands of people to assemble at the NC state capitol on Feb. 8 for a Moral March to protest the extremist policies passed by the state government last year.

The movement is made up of more than 160 partners from the civil rights, women's rights, faith-based, labor, LGBT, immigrant justice, student and environmental communities. Participants will help map out sustained direct-action campaigns for the rest of 2014, including grassroots voter engagement for the mid-term elections and beyond. It is expected that Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the NC NAACP and architect of the Moral Movement, will announce a number of actions in his major charge to the assembled around 11:45 am, including a five-point mobilization plan and a 21st century version of Freedom Summer in North Carolina.

The Forward Together Moral Movement deepens and broadens the annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street People's Assembly (HKonJ), which, for the past seven years, gathered thousands of people in front of the state legislature in early February. After a year of more than 30 Moral Monday rallies and in the wake of an avalanche of cruel policies passed in the General Assembly last session, the coalition returns to Raleigh this year with renewed strength and a sense of urgency. There are five fundamental demands for this year's Moral March:

  • Secure pro-labor, anti-poverty policies that insure economic sustainability;
  • Provide well-funded, quality public education for all;
  • Stand up for the health of every North Carolinian by promoting health care access and environmental justice across all the state's communities;
  • Address the continuing inequalities in the criminal justice system and ensure equality under the law for every person, regardless of race, class, creed, documentation or sexual preference;
  • Protect and expand voting rights for people of color, women, immigrants, the elderly and students to safeguard fair democratic representation.

Although 945 people were charged with trespassing and other misdemeanors last summer when they tried to peacefully petition their legislators to stop the General Assembly's ideological attack on the poor and most vulnerable, over half of the cases that went to trial have been dismissed. Organizers emphasize that no one who follows the directions of the NAACP marshals and leaders will be arrested at the Moral March. No civil disobedience actions are planned before, during or after the nonviolent demonstration.

"At this year's Moral March on Raleigh, people from all corners of North Carolina will continue to challenge the immoral, unconstitutional policies from Gov. Pat McCrory, Budget Director Art Pope and their allies in the General Assembly," Dr. Barber said. "But we will also renew our commitment to our Five-Point Moral Agenda and continue to stand for what we want to see in our great state. With love and faith, the Moral March on Feb. 8 will kick off a year of nonviolent direct action, litigation and grassroots voter education and empowerment. We will keep moving forward together, not one step back."

The Moral March convenes at Shaw University on Wilmington St, between South St and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, in Raleigh at 9 am. The Moral March program opens at 9:30 am near Shaw, and the march toward the state capitol will begin at 10:30 am. More information about the march is available here.

"Last year, they had their time to vote and abuse power," Dr. Barber said. "This year, we will vote with our voices to show the power of the people."

For more information, please contact Cynthia Gordy at cgordy@advancementproject.org or 202-341-0555, or Sarah Bufkin at forwardtogether@naacpnc.org or 404.285.3413.

This has been for the past 7 years?

I didn't realize that this movement has been going on for the past 7 years. It seems it is not only multi-cultural but is also multi-political as well.

This is a movement for the people of North Carolina more than anything else.

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