Monday, January 6, 2014

NC NAACP & HKonJ Moral Monday News Conference


January 6, 2014

For More Information:  Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919 395 8137 

                     Atty. Jamie Cole, Public Policy Coordinator, 919 682 4700 

For Media Assistance:  Laurel Ashton, Field Secretary, 828 713 3864

NC NAACP and the HKonJ People's Coalition to Hold News Conference Announcing the Moral March on Raleigh HKonJ People's Assembly

   Wednesday, January 8, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Davie St. Presbyterian Church

300 E. Davie St. Raleigh, NC 27601

RALEIGH - Wednesday, 8 January 2014, one month before the Massive Moral March on Raleigh, the NC NAACP-HKonJ Coalition will announce their mobilization plans. The news conference will be at 10:00 AM at Davie St. Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Davie St. Raleigh, NC. There will be a 30-day countdown to the Moral March on Raleigh set for Saturday morning, February 8th. This action will kick off the next stage of the Forward Together Moral movement.

The NC NAACP has been re-building the multi-racial progressive movement that was fractured in the 1970's since Rev. Dr. Barber's election as President of the largest NAACP state conference in the South in 2005. The Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HKonJ) People's Assembly Coalition was formed in 2006, and it now has over 150 coalition partners, who make up the heart and soul of the nationally acclaimed "Moral Monday" protests that challenged the backward and cruel policies of the tea party extremists who took over the State Legislature a year ago.

The NC NAACP and the HKonJ Coalition, each February near the NAACP's (and President Lincoln's) birthdate, convene a mass march to the People's House on Jones Street, to renew their commitment to the 14-Point People's Agenda and to hold lawmakers accountable to the people of North Carolina. This year, because of the extremists' constitutionally inconsistent, morally indefensible, and economically insane policies, many observers believe the largest multi-racial progressive assembly North Carolina has ever seen is possible. 

"This year's Moral March on Raleigh takes place in the wake of the diligent efforts of thousands of people of good will in 2013 who drove across the state to Raleigh to make a weekly witness against the cruel,  immoral and unconstitutional policies of Governor Pat McCrory, Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate Leader Phil Berger, Budget Director Art Pope, and other extremists in the NC General Assembly," said Dr. Barber. "With love and faith, this year's Moral March on February 8th will kick-off a year of non-violent direct action, litigation, and grass-roots voter education and empowerment. Forward together, not one step back." 


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. The NC Conference of NAACP Branches is 70 years old this year and is made up of over 100 Adult, Youth and College NAACP units across the state, convenes the more the 150 members of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) Peoples Assembly Coalition, and is the architect of the Moral Monday & Forward Together Movement.  


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