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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!

Durham NC, Moral Week of Action: Day 1

There were prayers for justice....

Durham NC, Moral Week of Action: Day 1
...and songs of Freedom
Durham NC, Moral Week of Action: Day 1
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.
Durham NC, Moral Week of Action: Day 1
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.
Durham NC, Moral Week of Action: Day 1
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.
Durham NC, Moral Week of Action: Day 1
Durham NC, Moral Week of Action: Day 1
Durham NC, Moral Week of Action: Day 1
Durham NC, Moral Week of Action: Day 1
Durham NC, Moral Week of Action: Day 1
Durham NC, Moral Week of Action: Day 1
Durham NC, Moral Week of Action: Day 1
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).
Durham NC, Moral Week of Action: Day 1
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.
Durham NC, Moral Week of Action: Day 1

Originally posted to DocDawg on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 05:45 PM PDT.

Also republished by North Carolina BLUE, Black Kos community, Barriers and Bridges, and Kitchen Table Kibitzing.

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