In case you haven't seen this, Bill Moyers has covered the history of the progressive movement now taking place in North Carolina and the right wing forces who precipitated the extraordinary gathering of people, called the Forward Together: Moral Monday Movement who are coming together to fight back against repression.
Fusion Films is proud to have provided footage for this important report by veteran journalist Bill Moyers.You can read a full transcript of the program here.
"State of Conflict: North Carolina" offers a documentary report from a state that votes both blue and red and sometimes purple (Romney carried it by a whisker in 2012, Obama by an eyelash in 2008). Now, however, Republicans hold the governor's mansion and both houses of the legislature and they are steering North Carolina far to the right: slashing taxes on corporations and the wealthy, providing vouchers to private schools, cutting unemployment benefits, refusing to expand Medicaid and rolling back electoral reforms, including voting rights.
Last summer, Pope succeeded, opening North Carolina's highest court to the highest bidders.We can stop this.
Katie bar the door – except that no matter which door we’re talking about, Art Pope has the key to it. And possibly to the future.
Take the firepower of the rich, pour in heaps of dark money loosed by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, add generous doses of fervent ideology, and presto: the battle for American politics and governance is joined. And every state becomes North Carolina, including yours.
Saturday, February 8th, 2014 people of good will and commitment to addressing injustice are gathering in Raleigh NC to raise their voices in protest.
This is one of the broadest based coalitions of progressive people being forged today.
IMMIGRANT JUSTICEPeople are heading to the march from all around North Carolina (bus info), and neighboring states.
Action NC (also under Community Organizing/Outreach)
Association of Mexicans in North Carolina (AMEXCAN)
El Vinculo Hispano: Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County
Farm Labor Organizing Committee (also under Labor)
NC Dream Team
Reform Immigration for America
LABOR AND WORKER’S RIGHTS
AFL-CIO of NC
Black Workers for Justice
NC H.O.P.E. Coalition (dissolved)
NC Public Service Workers UE Local 150
Southern Faith, Labor, and Community Alliance
Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council
United Food Commercial and Workers (UFCW)
Farmworkers Advocacy Network
Farm Labor Organizing Committee (also under Immigrant Justice)
National Farm Worker Ministry (also under Faith/Religion)
Raise Up for 15
Student Action with Farmworkers
Student Action with Workers
Teamsters Local 391
Working America (AFL-CIO Affiliate)
Health Care for All
NC AIDS Action Network
NC Harm Reduction Coalition
Old North State Medical Society
Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC)
Planned Parenthood of Central NC
Qualified Mental Health Professionals
Center for Responsible Lending
Common Cause NC
National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)
NC Association of CDCs
NC Community Development Initiative
NC Fair Share
NC Housing Coalition
NC Institute of Minority Economic Development
NC Minority Support Center
Southeast Regional Economic Justice Network
Southerners for Economic Justice
Clean Water for NC
Coalition to End Environmental Racism (CEER)
Grassroots Energy Alliance
NC Environmental Justice Network
NC Green Party
NC Public Interest Research Group (PIRG)
Action NC (also under immigrant justice)
Beloved Community Center of Greensboro
Center for Community Change
Community Success Initiative
Concerned Citizens of Tillery
Durham MLK Steering Committee
El Kilombo intergalatico
Good Work, Inc.
Loving Light Community Outreach
People of Color Coalition Partners
Raleigh MLK Steering Committee, Inc.
Rogers Eubanks Neighborhood Association
SERA, Inc. Southeast Raleigh Assembly
United with the Northside Community Now
Walz and Associates, Inc.
YWCA of the Greater Triangle
AME Zion Church
American Friends Service Committee (also under Peace Advocacy)
Binkley Baptist Church Outreach Committee
Chapel Hill Friends Meeting
Church of Reconciliation PCUSA
Community Church Unitarian Universalist – Charles M. Jones Peace & Justice Committee (also under Peace Advocacy)
Community United Church of Christ
Cornerstone Community Church
Covenant Community Church of Raleigh
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist (Rocky Mt.)
First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro
General Baptist State Convention
Greater Joy Baptist Church
Muhammad’s Mosque No. 79
Muslim-American Society Freedom Foundation
National Farm Worker Ministry (also under Labor)
NC Association of Women in Ministry (also under Women’s Rights)
NC Council of Churches
New Beginnings Temple of Faith COGIC
New Hope Presbytery Peacemaking Committee (also under Peace Advocacy)
People of Faith Against the Death Penalty (also under Democracy/Civil/Human Rights)
Poplar Springs Christian Church
SURGE Youth Ministry
Temple Beth Or Social Action Committee
Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
United Church of Chapel Hill UCC
JUSTICE IN EDUCATION
Action for Children NC
Chapel Hill Friends School
Great Schools in Wake
HOLLA (Helping Our Love ones Learn to Achieve)
National Chapter of Greenville Industrial CMS High School Alumni Association
NCCU Graduate Student Association
North Carolina Association of Educators
Public Schools First
Triangle Lost Generation Task Force
Hip Hop Haven
Hmong Association (Student Association at NCSU)
NC NAACP Youth & College Division
NC Student Power Union
All of Us North Carolina
Freedom Center for Social Justice
Southerners on New Ground
Feminists Students United
NARAL Pro-Choice NC
NC Association of Women in Ministry (also under Faith/Religion)
NC Concerned Women for Justice
NC National Organization for Women (NOW)
NC Women United
Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Central North Carolina
Women In NAACP (WIN)
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (also under Peace Advocacy)
ACLU of NC
Common Sense Foundation
Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice
Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People
Durham People’s Alliance
Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill & Carrboro
North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP
NC A. Philip Randolph Institute
NC Alternatives of the Death Penalty
NC Black Leadership Caucus
NC Coalition for a Moratorium
NC Justice Center
Southern Anti-Racism Network
Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Students for a Democratic Society – UNC Chapel-Hill
The Rev. Isaiah James Jackson Jr. Foundation
Triangle Urban League
American Friends Service Committee (also under Faith/Religion)
Community Church Unitarian Universalist – Charles M. Jones Peace & Justice Committee (also under Faith/Religion)
Chapel Hill Elders for Peace
Franciscan Coalition for Justice and Peace
NC Peace Action
NC Peace with Justice Coalition
New Hope Presbytery Peacemaking Committee (also under Peace Advocacy)
Stop Torture Now
Veterans for Peace, Eisenhower Chapter
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (also under Women’s Rights)
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Stars in NC
Grand Lodge of Prince Hall Masonic Order
Groove Phi Groove, Inc.
Masonic Lodge 21st District
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Swing Phi Swing
Dancy Communication Network
Jim Buie and Associates
I'll be leaving from NYC early Friday morning on a bus full of activists, organized by the Kairos Center / Poverty Initiative. They held a conference call last night with the folks who have signed up, and reported that the response was so good, that they not only have the bus filled up, they have added two vans, so we will be a caravan.
If you can't go - you still can help.
You can give a donation.
You can organize a Moral Monday in your area.
Most important - please spread the word. Pass the information on.
Follow Moral Monday on Twitter.
I doubt I'll have internet access when I get down there Friday night, unless I can borrow someone's smart phone, but I'll have plenty to say when I get back Sunday.
Help us unite. Let's all move forward together.