Youth-led march for voting rights & education

I've joined in some marches with these students, and they have been powerful. If you're someone who has ever said, the next generation really needs to take up the mantle of fighting for justice, then you're someone who needs to be here to show support for their efforts to do just that. Here's the information on the event from a NC NAACP e-blast.

Moral Monday 18 To Be Led By Youth
Monday, September 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM
First Baptist Church, 101 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh

RALEIGH - On Monday, September 16th, 2013 the NC NAACP Youth & College Division along with other youth organizations including NC Student Power Union, the Youth Organizing Institute, Common Cause and NC Vote Defenders will come together with adult allies in the Forward Together Movement to demand that NC Governor Pat McCrory stop the attacks on student voting rights and public education.

They will meet at First Baptist Church, 101 S. Wilmington St. in downtown Raleigh, at 4:30 PM and walk around the Governor's Mansion at 5:30 PM following a rally led by young people.

In the past the youth-led events were often on "Witness Wednesdays" which were an off-shoot of Moral Mondays. Here's a shot from the N&O of one of those events.

Young people have always been an active and important part of the Forward Together Movement," said Dr. Barber. "As school begins across the state, they will continue to organize and build this movement in response to the immoral and unconstitutional attacks on student voting rights and public education. This is a Movement, not a moment!


Historic moment for youth

This weekend was the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, September 15, 1963 as an act of racially motivated terrorism. The explosion at the African-American church, which killed four girls, marked a turning point in the U.S. 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The youth will longest face the consequences of a state that cracks down on education and voting rights which are two of the gateway rights to a better life. That, or those with means may leave our state to it's own demise. We all have a responsibility to make sure that doesn't happen.

News coverage of the student march

"College NAACP groups bring new vitality to Moral Monday activities in Raleigh"

Earlier this month, the state Board of Elections ruled on two cases that college students described as attempts by local elections board to suppress the under-30 vote and make it more difficult to participate in democracy.

RALEIGH -- About 150 people marched in a solemn procession around North Carolina's Executive Mansion to protest voting law changes by the state's Republican-led legislature.

But Gov. Pat McCrory wasn't there to see them. His office said the governor is attending a Republican Governors Association meeting Monday in Charleston, S.C.

However, the measure — approved in the waning hours of the last night of the legislative session — also contained more than 40 other provisions. Among them: the end of same-day voter registration, a one-week shortening of the period for early voting, and the elimination of a popular civics program that encouraged high school students to register to vote in advance of their 18th birthdays.

GOP: "inflammatory" theatrics at Moral Monday rallies

Jonathan Carlson ‏@TVreporter

NC GOP holds a press conference to criticize the press. Says media is not covering the "inflammatory" theatrics at Moral Monday rallies

When asked where was the GOP outcry during Tea Party rallies that had plenty of "inflammatory" rhetoric and theatrics...GOP chair says: there are nuts in both parties

Does anyone have info from the press conference? This is from WNCN in Raleigh.

Martha Brock

Nuts in both parties

And one of them is Clod Pope. He's decrying harsh rhetoric? Pot, meet kettle!

I'm decrying the harsh policies of the right-wing nut jobs.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

GOP head calls out 'Moral Monday' tactics

WTVD ABC11 Durham:

We asked N.C. NAACP President Rev. William Barber about Pope's comments. However, he wasn't biting. He only sent this statement by email: "He is not the governor. He is not a legislator. He hasn't voted on anything. Our quarrel and critique is with those sworn to uphold the constitution and vote for the good of the whole."

As for Pope's reference to "nuts on both sides," ABC11 asked him directly if he was referring to Barber. He first said no, but when we pressed for clarification, he said, "I think if you look at those caskets, and the message they're saying, I think the message is pretty clear."

Martha Brock

Inquiring minds want to know

Rev. Barber is one of the most sane, grounded, sensible people in this story.

Who are the nuts that Clod would identify on the GOP side? (yes, we know, it takes one to know one). But c'mon, Clod, name a few. Inquiring minds want to know!

Maybe we can help. Here's a partial list.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014