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Contact: Sarah Bufkin, NC NAACP - or 404.285.3413


The North Carolina NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement to Appeal Directly to Legislators for Repeal of Extreme Laws at People's Lobby & Advocacy Day

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

12:30 pm

Halifax Mall (behind the General Assembly)

16 West Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Included: A new video release on May 19's Moral Monday.

DURHAM, NC - The North Carolina NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement will return to the People's House this Tuesday, May 27 to lobby our lawmakers directly to repent for the harm inflicted by their ideological choices, to repeal these extreme laws that are hurting our state's most vulnerable and to restore our confidence in their capacity to govern for the good of the whole.

At the Forward Together Moral Movement People's Lobby & Advocacy Day, grassroots volunteer lobbyists from across North Carolina will visit state legislators to advocate for returning public policy to the moral center - particularly for the expansion of Medicaid, the restoration of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the extension of unemployment benefits, increased support for teachers and public schools, stronger environmental regulation around coal ash and a fair tax code that does not give huge windfalls to the wealthy and corporations, only to overburden the working poor.

"Last Monday, we entered the General Assembly with tape over our mouths to dramatize Speaker Thom Tillis's and Senate Leader Phil Berger's tyrannical attempt to silence public petitions in the People's House," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC NAACP. "We said it then, and we will say it again, that was the last time we will be silent when our brothers and sisters are suffering under these extreme policies and laws. This Tuesday, we will go into the People's House ready to make our voices heard on behalf of thousands of North Carolinians. By visiting each and every North Carolina legislator in person, we hope to remind them that their political choices are more than just policy debates - they are hurting real people."

At the People's Lobby & Advocacy Day, volunteer lobbyists will gather at 12:30 pm on Halifax Mall behind the General Assembly building to listen to a policy briefing from scholars and to receive advocacy instructions. The assembled will break into smaller lobbying teams around 2:30 pm and head into the General Assembly to visit the offices of our state legislators to advocate for repeal. 

Also at 1:00 pm, members of the clergy will hold a program for lawmakers entitled: "Moral Foundations for Public Policy: Bible and Prayer Study" in the General Assembly for those interested in discussing the social mandates instrumental to our faith traditions. Information on the specific room for the Bible and Prayer Study will be forthcoming.

The Forward Together Moral Movement has also released a new video on May 19's Moral Monday rally and action. See below:

Moral Monday Returns | NC Forward Together Movement

Moral Monday Returns | NC Forward Together Moral Movement

WHO:                        The NC NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement

WHAT:                      People's Lobby & Advocacy Day

WHEN:                      12:30 pm on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

WHERE:                   Halifax Mall - behind the General Assembly Building

                                   16 West Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601



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