Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Forward Together Movement Local Organizing Tour


30 May 2013

For More Information:            Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                                                Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

                                                Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood, HKonJ Coalition Coordinator,                                                         919-682-4700

For Media Assistance:             Rob Stephens, Field Secretary, 336-577-9335

The Forward Together Movement Local Organizing Tour Meets with Hundreds During Six Stops in First Two Days; Greenville and Goldsboro Next

RALEIGH - Following six stops during the first two days of the Forward Together Movement Local Organizing Tour, teams with the NC NAACP and others will visit Greenville and Goldsboro on Thursday, May 30. By the end of visits to Wake, Wilson, Edgecombe/Nash, Northhampton, Orange and Pasquotank, hundreds of North Carolinians had heard about Tea Party-backed extremist forces who have high-jacked the NC General Assembly and how their legislators voted on key legislation. 

            The Tour makes its first stop of the day at the Pitt County NAACP headquarters, 800 W. 5th St., Greenville, NC on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm. The Tour will then go to Rebuilding Broken Places, 2105 N. William Street, Goldsboro, NC at 7:00 pm. There will be five more stops on Friday and Saturday before picking back up again on Tuesday of next week. All updated dates, times and locations are listed below.

            "The Forward Together Movement in North Carolina is about the moral fabric of our society," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the NC NAACP. "People who are black, white and Latino, young and old, are coming together to fight against a dangerous agenda of ultra-conservative right wing extremism. These Tea Party forces in North Carolina are trying to make it harder for people to vote; cutting Medicaid for more than 500,000; raising taxes on 900,000 poor and working people in order to give a tax cut to 23 of North Carolina's wealthiest families; cutting unemployment benefits for more than 165,000 struggling North Carolinians; undermining labor rights; re-segregating and defunding public schools through cuts and vouchers; and eliminating access to pre-K education for more than 30,000 poor children."

            "This avalanche of extreme public policy demands action and we are standing shoulder-to-shoulder on the streets and in the courts to stop them in the Legislature and the Governor's office. The policies you see in the North Carolina General Assembly are being replicated by right wing politicians across the nation, particularly in the South. And we must take a stand here."

            "We are called to a deeply moral and constitutional vision of society. This vision of society demands that public policy focuses on justice for all and care for the common good. In other words, it is imperative that we begin to look at these extreme policies through the lens of morality and our constitutions. While we are fighting for the type of democracy that places the common good and justice for all at the center, we must be willing to rightfully name their policies that hurt the poor and sick as both unconstitutional as well as immoral."

            On Tuesday, May 28, the Tour met with communities in Raleigh, Wilson and Rocky Mount before traveling to Northampton County, Chapel Hill and Elizabeth City on Wednesday. Tour organizers distributed thousands of legislative Report Card grading legislators' votes on ten critical votes. Download the Report Card by clicking here.

Northampton County

NC NAACP President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II goes over legislative report card with a full church during the Forward Together Movement's Local Organizing Tour stop in Jackson, NC, Northampton County on Wednesday.


Forward Together Movement Local Organizing Tour Stops:

Wake County

Martin Street Baptist Church

1001 E. Martin St., Raleigh                                             

Tues., May 28 at 10 AM

Wilson County                                                                

Calvary Presbyterian Church USA

209 N. Pender St., Wilson                                              

Tues., May 28 at 2 PM

Nash/Edgecombe Counties                                                                    

St. James Baptist Church

527 E. Thomas St., Rocky Mount                                           

Tues. May 28 at 7 PM

Northhampton/Halifax Counties                                                             

Mount Hope Baptist Church

606 Atherton St., Jackson                                                      

Wed., May 29 at 10 AM

Orange County                                                                              

Peace & Justice Plaza

179 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill                                                     

Wed, May 29 at 12  PM

Pasquotank County                                                                         

Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church

501 S. Martin St., Elizabeth City                                                    

Wed., May 29 at 6 PM

Pitt/Beaufort Counties

Pitt County NAACP Headquarters

800 W. 5th St., Greenville                                                             

Thurs., May 30 at 3 PM

Wayne/Sampson/Lenoir Counties

Rebuilding Broken Places

2105 N. William St., Goldsboro   

Thurs., May 30 at 7 PM

Cumberland/Robeson Counties

Fayetteville NAACP Headquarters

707 Murchinson Rd., Fayetteville                                                  

Fri., May 31 at 10 AM

New Hanover/Pender Counties

Warner Temple AME Zion Church

620 Nixon St., Wilmington (3 blocks from 1898 Memorial) 

Fri., May 31 at 3 PM

Onslow County

AFGE Local 2065

4124 Gumbranch Rd., Jacksonville   

Fri., May 31 at 7 PM

Harnett/Johnston/Lee Counties

Church of God and Prophecy

105 E. Granville St., Dunn                                                                       

Sat., June 1 at 2 PM

Moore/Scotland/Montgomery/Hoke Counties               

Spaulding Chapel AME Zion Church

8254 Main St., Taylortown                                                          

Sat., June 1 at 7 PM

Union/Anson Counties                                        

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

501 E. Bazemore St., Monroe                                                                                      

Tues., June 4 at 3 PM

Mecklenburg County                                                   

Little Rock AME Zion Church (CDC Building)

401 N. McDowell St., Charlotte                                                     

Tues., June 4 at 7 PM

Cleveland County                                                                        



Wed., June 5 at 10 AM

Catawba County

Morning Star Baptist Church

126 4th Ave., SW, Hickory                                                                       

Wed., June 5 at 3 PM

Buncombe/Henderson Counties                                                         

St. Paul Tabernacle AME Zion Church

813 6th Ave. W, Hendersonville                                                    

Wed., June 5 at 7 PM

Davie/Iredell/Rowan Counties                                                           

New Jerusalem Apostolic Church

508 Campbell Rd., Mocksville                                                      

Thurs., June 6 at 11 AM

Forsyth/Rockingham Counties                                                         

Shiloh Baptist Church

916 E. 12th St., Winston-Salem                                                                           

Thurs. June 6 at 6 PM

Guilford/Alamance Counties                                                        

New Light Missionary Baptist Church

1105 Willow Road, Greensboro                                                                    

Thurs. June 6 at 6 PM

Randolph County                                                                  

Greater St. John's Baptist Church

819 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Asheboro                                                

Thurs. June 6 at 7 PM

Person/Granville/Caswell Counties            

Shady Hill Missionary Baptist Church

1500 Old Durham Rd. Roxboro

Fri., June 7 at 10 AM

Vance/Franklin Counties

Spring Street Missionary Baptist Church

511 Orange St., Henderson                                                          

Fri., June 7 at 3 PM

Durham County

Covenant Presbyterian Church                                                                         

2620 Weaver St., Durham                                                                                    

Fri., June 7 at 7 PM


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.


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