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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.

"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.

You can read a full transcript of the program here.

Moyers warns:

Last summer, Pope succeeded, opening North Carolina's highest court to the highest bidders.

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.

We can stop this.

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.

Take a look at the type of coalition partners that have come together to fight back. I'm printing it out here, in full, since a lot of times folks don't click on links, and I think this illustrates clearly the broad and inter-sectional support the movement has garnered.
IMMIGRANT JUSTICE

Action NC (also under Community Organizing/Outreach)

Association of Mexicans in North Carolina (AMEXCAN)

El Pueblo

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

AARP NC

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

ECONOMIC JUSTICE/DEVELOPMENT

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

Self-Help, Inc.

Support Center

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE/DEVELOPMENT

Clean Water for NC

Coalition to End Environmental Racism (CEER)

Environment NC

Grassroots Energy Alliance

Greenpeace NC

NC Environmental Justice Network

NC Green Party

NC Public Interest Research Group (PIRG)

NC WARN

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING/OUTREACH

Action NC (also under immigrant justice)

Beloved Community Center of Greensboro

Campaign4Change

Chatham Changemakers

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

Rubta House

SERA, Inc. Southeast Raleigh Assembly

United with the Northside Community Now

Walz and Associates, Inc.

YWCA of the Greater Triangle

FAITH/RELIGION

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

YOUTH ORGANIZING

Hip Hop Haven

Hmong Association (Student Association at NCSU)

NC HEAT

NC NAACP Youth & College Division

NC Student Power Union

Sacrificial Poets
LGBT RIGHTS

All of Us North Carolina

Freedom Center for Social Justice

Southerners on New Ground

Equality NC

WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Feminists Students United

NARAL Pro-Choice NC

NC Association of Women in Ministry (also under Faith/Religion)

NC Concerned Women for Justice

NC MomsRising

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)

DEMOCRACY/CIVIL/HUMAN RIGHTS

ACLU of NC

Common Sense Foundation

Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice

Democracy NC

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

Traction

Triangle Urban League

PEACE ADVOCACY

American Friends Service Committee (also under Faith/Religion)

Code Pink

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)

FRATERNITIES/SORORITIES

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

PRESS/COMMUNICATION

Dancy Communication Network

Jim Buie and Associates

Spectacular Magazine

Working Films
 

People are heading to the march from all around North Carolina (bus info), and neighboring states.

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.

Distribute flyers.

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.

Originally posted to Denise Oliver Velez on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 03:32 AM PST.

Also republished by Barriers and Bridges, LatinoKos, White Privilege Working Group, Support the Dream Defenders, Black Kos community, and Kitchen Table Kibitzing.

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