The first day of North Carolina's Moral Week of Action was a fairly intimate affair (held during the work day today, under a North Carolina summer sun as hot as Gov. Pat McCrory's ears): I estimate there were about 400 attendees...all of them enthusiastic, loud, mad as hell, and determined to take back our beautiful state from the forces of Republican skullduggery.
If you weren't able to attend, here follow a few of my favorite scenes. Thankyouverymuch! We're here all week! Y'all come on down.
The rally opened with the blowing of the shofar. Awaken!
There were prayers for justice....
...and songs of Freedom
The theme of today's march and rally was "Labor Rights, Fair and Living Wages, and Economic Justice." Unions (such as the Communication Workers of America) were out in force, loud and proud.
What with it being 3:30 PM on a work day, elders were a large fraction of the crowd. When a speaker referred to this as "The Jericho March" I thought he said "The Geritol March" and made an idiot of myself laughing inappropriately.
And everywhere you turned, folks had a thing or two to say to sockpuppet Gov. Pat McCrory and the rest of North Carolina's elected Republican thugs.
And hands joined, even across the ages!
Your diarist's BFF. Taking a stand is beautiful (not that she needs any help in that department).
And finally, your diarist, the weight of the world being lifted from his shoulders by sharing it with so many fine folk on a beautiful afternoon.