Thursday, July 31, 2014

Moral Monday Returns to the Mountains on Monday, Aug. 4


July 31, 2014

Contact: Sarah Bufkin, NC NAACP - or 404.285.3413

Moral Monday Returns to the Mountains on Monday, Aug. 4 to Mobilize,
Register and Educate Voters ahead of November through the Moral March
to the Polls Campaign

Press Conference

10:30 am

Hopkins Chapel AME Zion Church

21 College Place, Asheville, NC

Moral Monday Rally

5 pm

Pack Square Park,

121 College St, Asheville, NC

DURHAM, NC - A year after Mountain Moral Monday, named 2013's "Most
Valuable Protest" by The Nation magazine, where people of all
backgrounds gathered in Asheville to rally against regressive public
policies, the North Carolina NAACP and the Forward Together Movement
are heading back to the mountains on Aug. 4 for a Moral March to the
Polls rally.

At this year's Mountain Moral Monday, the Movement will focus on
mobilizing the western portion of the state to register, educate and
turn out voters this November.

"Returning to Asheville marks the 66th week of the Moral Monday
campaign," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC
NAACP. "After a year of mobilizing in the courts, in the newspapers,
and in the streets, we are shifting our momentum towards the ballot
box. This state legislature wants to silence our voices by suppressing
our votes. But we will not be silenced. We look to our friends in the
mountains to stand up - to register, organize and vote this November."

On Monday, Aug. 4 at 10:30 am, Dr. Barber will join local leaders of
the Mountain People's Assembly and other community partners at a Moral
Monday press conference at Hopkins Chapel AME Zion Church.

The Moral Monday rally will begin at 5 pm in Pack Square in downtown
Asheville. People from across Western North Carolina and beyond will
gather to hear from moral leaders, community members and young
activists as they speak truth to the power wielded by this extremist
General Assembly.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II rallies the crowd at last year's
Mountain Moral Monday. Credit: Micah Mackenzie.

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

Mountain People's Assembly

WHAT: Mountain Moral Monday - Moral March to the Polls rally

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 4

10:30 am - Press conference

5 pm - Rally

WHERE: Press conference

Hopkins Chapel AME Zion Church

21 Church Place, Asheville, NC


Pack Square Park

121 College St, Asheville, NC


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 more than 160 members of the Historic Thousands on
Jones Street (HKonJ) People's Assembly Coalition, and is the architect
of the Moral Monday & Forward Together Movement.


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