NAACP: 'Moral Monday' will travel

Posted March 11, 2015

State NAACP President William Barber speaks at NC Legislature, March 11, 2015

— State NAACP President Rev. William Barber said Wednesday morning that the "Moral Monday" rallies that have marked the last two years at the legislature will return with an advocacy day in April – but they'll be doing some traveling first.

Speaking near the entrance to the Legislative Building, Barber said his group will organize mass meetings and press conferences in the districts of Republican leaders and lawmakers.

"In Selma, (Ala.), they went there because of the challenges, because it was said that they could not win in Selma," Barber said. "So we are going, beginning this Thursday, into the heart of some of the districts of those who oppose us."

The first rally, on Thursday, will be in Cleveland County, the district of House Speaker Tim Moore. The following Mondays will see protests in the districts of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger in Rockingham County, Rep. Michael Speciale, R-Craven, and Rep. David Lewis, R- Harnett.

Barber said 4,800 low-income people in Cleveland County would be covered by the federal expansion of Medicaid – an expansion to which Moore is opposed. Barber said Rockingham County has a higher rate of poverty than the rest of the state, yet Berger opposes raising the minimum wage.

"It is critical that the people in local communities know exactly how their legislators are hurting them particularly," Barber said.


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  • Melissa Noderer Mar 13, 2015
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    Why the ugly comments? All the news outlets have covered the anniversary of the Selma bridge march...have we not learned anything from history and the history of oppression?
    The Rev Barber and the Moral Monday supporters are drawing attention to the recent NC legislation and proposed legislation that hinders access to Medicaid; obstacles to voting and a long list of other grievances. It might serve all of us well to take the cotton out of our ears and put it in our mouths. Take time to listen to the other side of the story. Please.

  • Colin Burch III Mar 12, 2015
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    These events seem to be more polarizing than building any kind of global consensus. If a representative was elected than there must be support in his/her district. So basically the so-called 'Moral' Monday crowd is demonstrating against the people who elected the representative. So it seems instead of protest marches it would be better to present a viable case for why medicaid should be funded to the people who elected the representatives. Rallys where attendees are people who didn't vote for the representative anyway is 'preaching to the choir'. Class warfare doesn't make it either. It is time to stop the 'us vs them' mentality.

  • Tom Smith Mar 12, 2015
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    good. travel the heck out of nc and don't come back. not even for the golden corral buffet

  • Tito Feliciano Mar 12, 2015
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    View quoted thread

    Syria first.

  • Jeff Johnson Mar 11, 2015
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    Can't travel far enough for me. No need for a racist organization to exist in this day and age.

  • Will Sonnett Mar 11, 2015
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    Load the elephants and the dancing bears and pack the tent. The clowns are on the train and it's coming to a town near you.

  • Lisa Menendez Mar 11, 2015
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    Why not traveling around the world 1st then come back to visit NC.

  • Jim Buchanan Mar 11, 2015
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    Yeah, what ever!

  • Tim Blanchard Mar 11, 2015
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    So, I think what the Rev is openly admitting is that blacks cannot do anything for themselves and need big govt to do everything for them. The other thing I think is that WRAL has a complete fetish for this fella.

  • Peter Panda Mar 11, 2015
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    yeah, the want more handouts