Groups in 12 other states are mobilizing similar campaigns at their state capitols
on Friday, Aug. 22 through Thursday, Aug. 28
RALEIGH – Across the South and the nation, justice-loving groups in 13 states are embracing the fusion model of North Carolina’s Moral Monday Movement and standing together today as they kick off a Moral Week of Action to critique their state legislatures’ regressive policy agendas.
For the next seven days until Aug. 28, North Carolinians in the Forward Together Moral Movement will gather outside the offices of power to demand that state lawmakers repent for the harm they’ve caused North Carolinians, repeal their devastating public policies and restore their commitment to work for the common good.
Likewise, groups in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin will be organizing their own actions this week to challenge the extreme Tea Party legislative agendas that are taking aim at the most vulnerable communities.
“The state legislatures are the ones passing these policies that are devastating the lives of our states’ most vulnerable communities – the people that Jesus referred to as ‘the least of these,’” said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the North Carolina NAACP. “These regressive attacks that we see that are rolling back labor rights and worker protections, that are rolling back civil rights and economic opportunities for African Americans and other people of color, that are decimating public schools, that are denying Medicaid expansion and health care coverage to working families, that are allowing racial profiling to corrode the policing and criminal justice systems, that are rolling back our most fundamental and sacred right to vote – all of these attacks are emerging out of state houses. And that is where the people must challenge them.”
Each day will lift up certain urgent issues while still recognizing the inherent connections between all social justice struggles and movements. Today, groups in many states are working with labor groups and workers to lift up labor rights, living and fair wages and economic justice for all.
“In North Carolina, we have now had more than 68 weeks of Moral Monday actions and more than eight years of organizing a justice-loving, fusion coalition that unites behind an agenda of hope for our state,” Dr. Barber said. “And we have seen firsthand the power of the people when they come together, stand together and raise their voices against lawmakers that are determined to protect the interests of the few at the expense of the common good. We look forward to stepping forward together this week in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in other states as we work to make sure the people’s voices are heard.”
The issues that these Moral Weeks of Action will emphasize are:
- Friday, 8.22 – Labor Rights, Fair and Living Wages, and Economic Justice
- Saturday, 8.23 – Education and Criminal Justice
- Sunday, 8.24 – Equal Protection under the Law: Call for Respect in the Law and in the Community regardless of race, creed, class, gender, sexual orientation and immigration status
- Monday, 8.25 – Youth Moral Monday
- Tuesday, 8.26 – Women’s Rights
- Wednesday, 8.27 – Medicaid Expansion, Health Care and Environmental Justice
- Thursday, 8.28 – Vote Your Dreams, Not Your Fears: Mass Rally for Voting Rights
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. The NC Conference of NAACP Branches is 70 years old this year and is made up of over 100 Adult, Youth and College NAACP units across the state, convenes more than 160 members of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition, and is the architect of the Moral Monday & Forward Together Movement.