All labor activists and progressive people should watch and circulate this remarkable speech by the Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, to the recent Netroots Nation conference (NN14). The speech, which lasts an hour, makes a powerful, inspiring appeal to build a mass, grassroots “Moral Fusion” movement to defeat right wing extremism on all fronts. Barber has led the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina and beyond, which has mobilized tens of thousands against the right wing efforts in his state to suppress voting and deny low income people access to Medicaid as well as other democratic rights and issues. The movement has spread across the South and now he is calling for building it beyond the South.
Photo: Thousands express their anger at Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and the GOP’s extreme right agenda during a Moral Monday rally, July 1, 2013, Raleigh, N.C. Tim Wheeler/PW