HCUCC Marches at HKonJ
HKonJ in Raleigh is the annual “Historic Thousands on Jones Street People’s Assembly“, a fusion movement that for 7 previous years held state lawmakers accountable to the people of NC. This year’s gathering was by far the largest yet, also referred to as the Moral March on Raleigh, attended by over 80,000 very concerned citizens. Building up to and during the 2013 NC Legislative Session a series of such odious laws were passed that inspired over 900 people to be arrested for civil disobedience and many thousands more to attend Moral Monday protest rallies all across that state through the Forward Together Movement. The NC NAACP has initiated and led each of these multi-issue coalition-based Forward Together efforts peaceably and with great integrity.
The 2014 Moral March on Raleigh HKonJ was held on February 8th. In collaboration with the newly chartered WATAUGA NAACP BRANCH, we chartered a bus and van to help transport well over 100 from Watauga County. We were delighted that some 30 of the Watauga participants are from HCUCC, and all the more so that many were our HCUCC youth! Included below is a photo collage from the February 8, 2014 event.
The five fundamental demands for the NC legislature of this 2014 HKonJ Moral March on Raleigh are these:
- Provide well-funded, quality public education for all;
- Secure pro-labor, anti-poverty policies that insure economic sustainability;
- Stand up for the health of every North Carolinian by promoting health care access and environmental justice across all the state’s communities;
- Protect and expand voting rights for people of color, women, immigrants, the elderly and students to safeguard fair democratic representation; and
- Address the continuing inequalities in the criminal justice system and ensure equality under the law for every person, regardless of race, class, creed, documentation or sexual preference.
In the words of NC NAACP President Rev Dr William J. Barber II, “With love and faith, the Moral March on Feb. 8 will kick off a year of nonviolent direct action, litigation and grassroots voter education and empowerment. We will keep moving forward together, not one step back.”
For info on what may be ahead, see Ari Berman’s “What’s Next for the Moral Monday Movement?” in March 10-17, 2014 edition of The Nation.