Monday, June 10, 2013

Clergy to Lead Sixth Wave of Moral Monday Demonstrations


10 June 2013

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

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

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


RALEIGH - Clergy will lead the sixth wave of Moral Monday demonstrations during a rally outside of the People's House, the NC General Assembly, following a 26-stop Forward Together Movement Local Organizing Tour that touched communities in all corners of the state.

            The rally will begin on Halifax Mall, located between the NC General Assembly (16. W. Jones Street) and the Legislative Office Building (330 N. Salisbury Street) at 5:00 pm, Monday, June 10, 2013. Some people will then peacefully move inside the NC General Assembly to give a personal moral witness and practice their constitutional right to petition their legislators for redress of grievances. There will be media availability at the beginning of the line before people enter the building.

            "Over the past two weeks, we traveled the breadth of this state and one thing is certain: the people are overwhelmed by the extremism of the NC General Assembly and Governor," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the NC NAACP. "By the end, thousands of concerned North Carolinians, mothers, fathers, workers, grandparents, students, business people, educators and others came to the tour stops because the state they love is under attack by Tea Party-backed regressive forces who are committed to expanding the prosperity of the few at the expense of the many."

            "On Monday, June 10, an ecumenical group of faith leaders will encourage North Carolinians and congregants to join the growing North Carolina Forward Together Movement.  These moral leaders will lend their prophetic voices and witnesses to this movement for a more democratic and just society."

            The new wave comes days after Bishops of five major denominations in North Carolina publicly endorsed Moral Mondays, including the Episcopalian, Catholic, Lutheran, United Methodist and Presbyterian churches.


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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