August 2, 2013
A Moral Monday video you simply must see
If you only ever watch one video about Moral Monday, we hope it’d be this one by staff photojournalist Travis Long for the News & Observer. From Rev. Barber’s remarks in the News & Observer video:
“There was a time we wouldn’t be together like this. There was a time the right wing’s wedge issues would have kept us from holding together.
“But look at us now. Holding hands together.
“Educators fighting with the unions.
“Unions fighting with civil rights.
“People of faith fighting with the children.
“Environmentalists coming together with the health workers.
“Doctors standing on the side of the sick.
“Millionares standing with the unemployed.
“And straight folks standing with gay folk.
“People of faith standing with those wrestling with their faith.
“Look out what the law has done!”
On July 29th, thousands of people from all walks of faith and life flooded the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina to march for social justice and stand in solidarity against regressive legislation bore out of the NC General Assembly. “It was also the biggest protest yet against the ultraconservative agenda of the Republican-controlled legislature,” says Sue Sturgis writing for Facing South, “drawing as many as 10,000 people to the state capital’s downtown streets.
Moral Monday will now go statewide, and the first stop is in Asheville on Monday, August 5th. Asheville in particular was the target of conservative lawmakers this year. Sue Sturgis explains:
North Carolina lawmakers were successful in passing a bill that takes control of the municipal water system away from Asheville and hands it over to a state-chartered regional authority without compensating the city for the loss. The measure, which opponents say is theft by the state and would harm regional economic development efforts, is the subject of a lawsuit set to begin next month. Save Our Water WNC, a group opposed to the takeover, is among the organizers of Mountain Moral Monday.
Join us for Mountain Moral Monday
On Monday August 5 from 5-6:30 p.m., a coalition of Western North Carolina groups will host Mountain Moral Monday, a non-partisan event to highlight the abuse of power and cruel policies coming out of the N.C. statehouse.
The event will take place at Pack Square Park and will feature Rev. Dr. William Barber, President of the NC NAACP, the grassroots leader responsible for shining a national spotlight on what the New York Times has called “The Decline of North Carolina.”
No civil disobedience is planned for Mountain Moral Monday.
What: Mountain Moral Monday
When: August 5 at 5:00 pm
Where: Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville (in front of Buncombe County Courthouse and City Hall)
Follow this event online at http://www.mountainmoralmonday.com/.
Forward together. Not one step back!