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Moral Mondays Update

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HCUCC is pleased to be a co-signer among 15 UCC churches to a resolution for justice inspired by Moral Mondays to be presented to the 2013 Annual Gathering of the Southern Conference of UCC. In addition we are pleased there is now a central place for connecting Southern Conference UCC churches participating in Moral Mondays to share about their involvement: https://www.facebook.com/SouthernConferenceMoralMondays

The June 10, 2013 — 6th Wave — Moral Monday emphasized participation by clergy of multiple faiths, and marked the first time a Federal elected official chose to publicly participate in the protests. This Carolina Mercury article has: the text of two joint faith statements (one Christian and one Jewish), a collection of excerpts from many other publications – national and international, and a link to Melissa Harris-Perry’s interview with NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber about the origins of the Moral Monday movement.

The June 17th — 7th Wave — Moral Monday emphasized health and environmental justice, and, offered researchers more evidence illustrating the vast majority of participants are indeed North Carolinians (which opponents of the movement have tried to deny). The new cumulative arrest total for the 7 weeks or “Waves” now exceeds 450 fine folk. Here is one new article from June 17. Here too is a June 3rd article from Greenpeace Executive Director Philip Radford on Why NC’s ‘Moral Mondays’ Matter for Democracy and the Planet.

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There is a June 16th article in the News & Observer which contains a listing of 28 specific policies or programs that are up for repeal or major funding cuts under the current North Carolina legislature. The primary harms are to “the least of these” and the primary benefits are to those already privileged. They represent a diversity of issues: education, environment, taxes, women and children, economy, racial justice, unemployment, and elections.

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If you haven’t already seen it, you might also be interested in the original April 29th letter from NC NAACP explaining the origin of Moral Mondays.

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