(clip from Pre-Moral Week of Action LiveStream Broadcast)
Moral Mondays, the familiar North Carolina protests, are being expanded to Moral Week of Action, a seven-day protest of the state legislature in Raleigh starting Friday.
The Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP and a leader of Moral Mondays, said in a video posted Monday that the peaceful protests have attracted attention from people in Missouri.
“We’ve been asked about coming down to Ferguson and having some conversations with people,” Barber said. “They’ve said that the Moral Monday movement is a model that they need in that community.”
North Carolinians frustrated with what has happened in Ferguson should turn to local elections, he said.
“You’ve got a lot of young people that say they’re angry about what they saw in Ferguson, so let them know this,” he said. “Mayors and city councils hire police chiefs. People elect mayors and city councils. So if you’re concerned about who the police chief is, you need to be organized and registered to vote.”
Today was the first day of the seven days of protest, culminating in a major rally on the anniversary of the March on Washington on Aug 28.
A broad coalition of faith, labor, and social justice organizations will hold events in 12 mostly Southern states—Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin—with a different social justice theme every day. Friday kicked off with discussions of labor rights, fair and living wages, and economic justice. The weekend will feature actions on education and criminal justice, then equal protection under the law. A “Youth Moral Monday” will start the work week, then women’s rights will take the stage on Women’s Equality Day (August 26), followed by health care and environmental justice actions, and finally voting rights.Get involved - support the Moral Week of Action.
See Doc Dawg's diary from earlier today.
Transcript of Rev. Barber's remarks below the fold.
Thank you sfinx for providing the transcript
Go in barber shops, go in the malls, wherever you can, and register people to vote.
You got a lot of young people who say they’re angry about what they saw in Ferguson, and what they’ve seen happen in other places?
Let ‘em know this:
Mayors, and city councils, hire police chiefs.
People elect mayors and city councils.
So if you’re concerned about who the police chief is, you need to be organized, and register to vote.
If you want to see someone prosecuted, DAs prosecute.
DAs are elected.
So if you want to make sure that DAs are carrying out the law, then make sure that DAs know that you got them elected, and that you expect them to adhere to the Constitution and the criminal laws of this country.
Oh, you really are concerned about how the court system is gonna treat someone that, say, shoots down a Michael Brown, or like the young man that was shot down in Charlotte? Or the seven-year-old that I understand was Tased in, in Halifax County, that we’re investigating now?
You really, you really want the courts to do that?
Well, guess what?
You can’t serve on a jury if you’re not registered.
So if you really want to be engaged, if you really want to see cities and governments put more parks and jobs, rather than more armored cars and tear gas, in your community, then become engaged...
Because political officials make those decisions!
And you gotta be engaged.
And you gotta vote.
And you gotta stay engaged even after people are elected, to hold them accountable.
Sure you’re upset.
But the question has always been,
What do we DO with our pain.
And the brilliance of the Civil Rights Movement, the brilliance of the movement for justice down through the years, the brilliance even as far back as Biblical days,
is we have to find ways to turn our pain
That’s what Forward Together! The Moral Movement is all about.
That’s what these seven days, consecutive days of action is all about.
Is saying: We will not sink into despair.
And we will not march in the dark,
because we want folks to SEE what we’re doing.
In the broad daylight.
We want to inspire the world, not scare the world.
And so we encourage you to join us.
Tonight as we close, you’re gonna see a video, a promo that you can share everywhere, or you can go to our website NC-NAACP and click on it, and send it out to as many people as possible.
And I want to close the night by praying for our brothers and sisters in Ferguson.
As we’ve been looking today at all the new things that are coming out – autopsies, new reports – but in the midst of that...
in fact we’ve been asked about possibly coming down to Ferguson, and we’re having some conversation with people down there, they’ve said that the Moral Monday movement is a model that they need in that community.
But tonight I want to pray.
My prayer is not that people won’t be angry.
It’s not that people won’t be frustrated.
My prayer is that they’ll turn that anger, and they’ll turn that frustration, into a movement of transformation.
My prayer is that the young people and others down there, who, yes, are walking at night, will remember that Michael Brown was killed at noon.
He was killed during the day.
So I pray that they’ll start marching in the daytime.
So when the cameras are on, they won’t see the armored cars, and the tear gas being shot,
but they see the faces of the mothers.
And the faces of the young men, and young women,
and the fathers, and the children.
You know, there’s a scripture about that.
And it says, there comes a time, what is done in the dark, has to be brought to the light.
I pray for light in North Carolina, light in Missouri, because as Dr. King said,
Darkness can not drive out darkness.
Only light can do that.
We have the light of truth.
We have the light of justice.
We have the light of love.
And we’ve got enough light, that if we stand right, people who may have once been our enemies
will become our allies.
Because we show them a better way.
God bless you. I look to see you for these seven days of action!
Look to see – if you can’t come to the first six, be there on the 28th!
And if you can’t come at all, organize organize, organize!
Organize, register to vote, and vote, like never before.
Forward Together! Not One Step Back!
Forward Together! Not One Step Back!
God bless you, we’ll see you.