Thursday, May 29, 2014

Stand with the 'Tillis 15' Sit-In Moral Witnesses


May 29, 2014


Contact: Sarah Bufkin, NC NAACP - or 404.285.3413




The North Carolina NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement to Stand with the 'Tillis 15' Sit-In Moral Witnesses and Announce Next Moral Monday Focusing on Environmental and Health Justice


Press Conference

Friday, May 30, 2014

10:30 am

114 West Parrish St, 

Durham, NC 27702


DURHAM, NC - The North Carolina NAACP, the Forward Together Moral Movement and moral witnesses from the 'Tillis 15' will discuss this week's sit-in action in Speaker's Thom Tillis's office, as well as preview our plans for the next Moral Monday at a press conference tomorrow morning. On Monday, June 2, we will return to the General Assembly to call upon our lawmakers to make a serious commitment to environmental justice and the health of all North Carolinians.


 "The moral witnesses in the 'Tillis 15' emphasized the real-life impact of extreme laws rammed through during the last legislative session," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the North Carolina NAACP. "North Carolinians who have been hurt by these policies exercised their constitutionally protected right to petition Speaker Tillis for repeal. Under Article XI, Section 4 of the state constitution, "beneficent provision for the poor, the unfortunate, and the orphan is one of the first duties of a civilized and Christian state.' Speaker Tillis' and Senate Leader Berger's policies have broken with this fundamental principle of governance. This Monday in Raleigh, we will join together once again to remind them that their moral responsibility to care for the least of these calls upon them to stand up for environmental justice and for health care access for all North Carolinians."


The Forward Together Moral Movement will return to Raleigh on Monday, June 2, 2014 to continue its campaign for repeal by asking that the General Assembly take active steps to protect the health of North Carolina's people and its environment.


The moral witnesses were arrested Wednesday morning after sitting in Speaker Tillis' office for upwards of 10 hours, attempting to petition him to repeal the policies that are hurting them and their neighbors directly. 



WHO:             The NC NAACP, the Forward Together Moral Movement and the Tillis 15

WHAT:          Press conference

WHEN:          Tomorrow, Friday, May 30 at 10:30 am


WHERE:       NC NAACP Offices

                        114 West Parrish St, Durham, NC 27702



To see personal testimonies from some of the Tillis 15, check out the new video from the sit-in HERE.






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