Moral Mondays expanded in North Carolina


On Feb. 8, the Moral Monday movement, which showed massive momentum in 2013, will return with its biggest event yet, the Moral March on Raleigh. While the state of North Carolina has been moving in a more Democratic direction in recent years in presidential elections, with Barack Obama winning the state in 2008 and coming just two percentage points of winning it again in 2012, extremist Republicans have taken control of the governor's mansion and the state Assembly. 

The Moral March on Raleigh will call out North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), and state Senate Leader Phil Berger (R) and their extreme policies, which have included attacks on voting rights, education, the environment, health care and women's rights. Organizers expect tens of thousands of North Carolinians to stand up for their rights and fight back against these extreme policies on Feb. 8.

The Moral Monday movement was organized by the Rev. William Barber II, head of the North Carolina NAACP, which staged protests in Raleigh and throughout the state last year. The events were launched in conjunction with another organization headed by Barber, the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People's Assembly Coalition, and have been supported by more than 150 other organizations. The 13 Moral Monday events in Raleigh in 2013 led to nearly 1,000 arrests for civil disobedience, while events in dozens of other cities around the state helped raise awareness about the strange games afoot in the state capital.

Kenneth Quinnell wrote this article which appeared this week in the AFL-CIO Now Blog

Photo: Thousands take part in a Moral Monday demonstration in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tim Wheeler/PW

Post your comment

Comments are moderated. See guidelines here.


  • I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Thomas Marton, 01/25/2014 12:51pm (2 years ago)

  • The Feb. 8th Moral March on Raleigh is expected to be the largest civil rights demonstration in the South since Selma. We're hoping that many of you will come on down and join us as we bring together all people of good will -- civil rights activists... union labor and the unemployed... students and teachers... immigrants... and those fighting to restore and secure our voting rights, women's rights, affordable healthcare and housing, LGBT rights, and a safe and sustainable environment. Many of us went to jail to bring justice back to North Carolina. Please march with us on Feb. 8th. You can find the details by googling "NC NAACP. "Forward together! Not one step back!

    Posted by Vicki Ryder, 01/24/2014 5:18pm (2 years ago)

RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments