ANAACP Mobilizes Over 150 People to Ride Buses to the 11th HKonJ Moral March, Joined by the ABAE, Alamance Peace Action, Alamance Pride and Elon Groups

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One of three buses of Justice-Loving people from Alamance County to attend the 11th HKonJ Moral March | photo by ANAACP/Adriano A. Tobar

In Raleigh, NC on February 11, 2017, local partners in the Alamance People’s Assembly marched with the Alamance NAACP and ten of thousands of justice-loving people in the 11th Annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) Moral March.

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ANAACP President Barrett Brown (left) and ANAACP Religious Affairs Chair Kendal McBroom (right)

The ANAACP organized three passenger buses and a 12-passenger van, with over 150 people riding to attend this year’s HKonJ Moral March and People’s Assembly.  This was one of our largest mobilizations ever. We are especially proud of the partnerships that we have developed with our fellow community advocates that make this kind of mobilization a success. As envisioned by the NC NAACP, the local HKonJ March mobilization is a community organizing campaign and a public statement of our local coalition’s strength and solidarity.
To build on this organizing effort, the ANAACP is seeking to formalize our community partnerships by initiating and hosting Alamance People’s Assembly meetings, on third Thursdays of the month at 6:00 pm, at Life’s Journey UCC on 2121 Edgewood Ave., Burlington, NC. The Local People’s Assembly structure is meant to mirror the statewide HKonJ People’s Assembly that has been so successful at resisting many of the most immoral and unconstitutional laws of the extremists in the NCGA. Through our local efforts, we seek to have a similar influence on the lawmakers of Alamance County.

We invite community and faith groups to join our deeply moral, deeply constitutional, non-partisan, indigenously-led,  fusion movement, to coordinate, advocate, lobby and demonstrate for:

  • EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW
  • VOTING AND LABOR RIGHTS
  • EDUCATION EQUALITY
  • HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS
  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

regardless of a person’s race, class, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or immigration status.

Find much more on the HKonJ People’s Agenda, HERE.

Find new coverage here of our local mobilization, HERE.

Find more on the history of our own local coalition, the Alamance People’s Assembly, HERE.

Read the statements below from our local partners, on why these organizations support and participate in HKonJ and want to work together locally with the Alamance NAACP.
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Alamance-Burlington Association of Educators President Arielle Hogarth | photo by ANAACP/Adriano A. Tobar

Statement from the Featured Speaker on Education at this years HKonJ from the North Carolina Association of Educators,  ANAACP member and Alamance-Burlington Association of Educators President, Arielle Hogarth:

I am proud to have been selected by the North Carolina Association of Educators to speak at the HKonJ Moral March Saturday.  I am a twelve-year social studies teacher at Eastern Alamance High School and proud member of the Alamance NAACP.  Educators have a long history of participation in social movements and progressive reforms; I’m committed to doing my part.  Now is a perfect time for educators to stand up and speak out for the benefit of our nation’s future.  Our students are our future.  If we don’t promote equality, equity, progress, and acceptance now, what kind of nation are we creating for future generations? This is a movement, not a moment, and I’m very grateful to work with such amazing Alamance County leaders and social organizations!  

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Anne Cassebaum (far right) and members of Alamance Peace Action

Statement from ANAACP member and Alamance Peace Action spokesperson, Anne Cassebaum:

Alamance Peace Action marches with the Alamance NAACP because many of the problems we both care about have their roots in Pentagon overspending and our endless foreign wars. Tax money needed for education, Medicaid, and other community needs get diverted to the Pentagon instead. Even military surplus and over-reliance on violent solutions spill over to the police and the tactics that the Black Lives Matter movement protest. We want to end the violence and, as our banner says, “Bring Our War Dollars Home.”

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Elon student organizer, Amy Belfer (left) and ANAACP President Barrett Brown (right)

Statement from ANAACP member and Elon student and organizer, Amy Belfer:

The march is a chance for Elon students to stand up to hate and discrimination.  We want to show solidarity to marginalized groups, and show that love and compassion always wins in the end. There is so often a negative stigma between university students and surrounding community members.  We want to break down that stigma and show that we care about the rights of people of all races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, and immigration statuses.  As young people, it is our responsibility to stand up for education reform, voting rights, civil rights, criminal justice reform, the rights of immigrants and refugees, LGBTQIA rights, gender equality, racial equality, and religious equality.  This is our community, our state, our country, and our future.  We will continue to fight for our communities until every person has equal rights and access to equal opportunities.

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Alamance Pride President Ken Smith (second from right)

Statement from ANAACP member and Alamance Pride President, Ken Smith:

Alamance Pride is proud to participate with the NAACP and the thousands who marched today to protest the discriminatory HB2 and other social justice issues. We will continue to take our seat at the table and to be involved. We will not shy away from educating and advocating for the LGBT folks in Alamance County. We are thankful for all the support we receive locally.

With our partners, we will continue to move FORWARD TOGETHER! NOT ONE STEP BACK!

Arielle Hogarth, Alamance-Burlington Association of Educators President and ANAACP Member, Featured as Statewide Speaker for Education at the 11th Annual HKonJ Moral March

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ABAE President, Arielle Hogarth | photo by ANAACP/Adriano A. Tobar

From the speech of ABAE President, Arielle Hogarth, at the 11th Annual HKonJ People’s Assembly, in Raleigh, NC on Feb. 11, 2016:

I am proud to have been selected by the North Carolina Association of Educators to speak at the HKonJ Moral March Saturday. I am a twelve-year social studies teacher at Eastern Alamance High School and proud member of the Alamance NAACP. Educators have a long history of participation in social movements and progressive reforms; I’m committed to doing my part. Now is a perfect time for educators to stand up and speak out for the benefit of our nation’s future. Our students are our future. If we don’t promote equality, equity, progress, and acceptance now, what kind of nation are we creating for future generations? This is a movement, not a moment, and I’m very grateful to work with such amazing Alamance County leaders and social organizations!

The Alamance NAACP and it’s partners are proud to stand with the Alamance-Burlington Association of Educators to fight for a quality education for all of Alamance County’s students. And we will fight for the respect and dignity that Alamance County’s public school teachers must be given every day, to make that quality education a reality.

“Freedom Talks”: Maxwell Chapel AME and the Alamance NAACP to co-host a Black History Month Forum on February 26th, 2017

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To celebrate Black History Month, the Social Action Commission of Maxwell Chapel AME and the Alamance NAACP are co-hosting “Freedom Talks,” to focus on the importance of Black History, the Civil Rights Movement (history to current), Women in the Movement, and the contributions of African Americans to local culture.

The panel will include Jane Sellars, local historian of African-American history, Mikael Broadway, theological ethicist and Shaw University professor, Barrett Brown, President of the Alamance NAACP and will be moderated by Kendall McBroom, Religious Affairs Chair for the Alamance NAACP and Associate Minister at Maxwell Chapel.

Share the Facebook event HERE.

Maxwell Chapel AME
Sunday, February 26 at 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
835 Moores Chapel Cemetery Rd, Graham, NC 27253

For more information contact Kendal McBroom at kendal.mcbroom@yahoo.com or 336.512.2322

This event is free, family friendly and open to the public.

 

The ANAACP Invites You and Your Advocacy, Community, or Faith Group to Join the Non-Partisan Alamance People’s Assembly and Hold Our Alamance County Representatives Accountable.

Alamance People’s Assembly meetings: Join us on third Thursdays at 6:00 pm, at Life’s Journey UCC, at 2121 Edgewood Ave., Burlington, NC. For more information contact alamancepeoplesassembly@gmail.com or 336.365.8536.

Alamance People's Assembly Flyer photo

When extremist ideologues and their corporate bedfellows took control of our state government in 2012, the NC NAACP and the HKonJ People’s Assembly, a statewide coalition of progressive advocacy and faith groups, were already organized and ready to lead the resistance with Moral Mondays. And in 2013, our Alamance Moral Monday campaign took that same moment of concern, fear and uncertainty over state legislation and transformed it into a nonpartisan, local movement for Justice and Love in Alamance County.

At our Alamance Moral Monday, with over 500 people attending and national coverage of a speech from the event, we put a local spotlight on the flood of unconstitutional and immoral laws sponsored and supported by our own local representatives to the North Carolina General Assembly, Sen. Rick Gunn and House Reps. Dennis Riddell and Stephen Ross.

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Alamance Moral Monday, 2013

In 2014, with the help of our partners, we brought five buses with over 240 people to the 8th HKonJ Moral March in Raleigh, and every year since, we have continued mobilizing our community for the annual Moral March every year since. Also in 2014, with the help of our partners, we registered 400 voters in our Moral Freedom Summer campaign.

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Press Conference for the Fight For $15 at Burlington City Hall, 2015

In 2015, we formally convened the first Alamance People’s Assembly and held a forum on raising the minimum wage and labor rights, organized a local press conference and regional bus mobilizations for the Fight for $15 campaign.

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Press conference to fight efforts by the NCGA to privatize our public schools, 2016

In 2016, we organized with the Alamance-Burlington Association of Educators to highlight the disastrous efforts by the NCGA to privatize our public schools. The ABAE then joined our Our Time, Our Vote campaign, helping us to register 1400 voters ahead of the 2016 election.

Along the way, our coalition has responded to the NCGA’s discriminatory House Bill 2 and their anti-democratic Special Sessions power grabs. We have mobilized for multiple rallies for voting rights both locally and in Winston-Salem and Raleigh. We have lead community support for the Black Lives Matter movement, responded to hate crimes in Charleston and Orlando and to local hate group activities. We have built relationships with local law enforcement and the Latino community around community policing and community issued ID’s. We have demonstrated locally against the corruption of big money in politics.

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Rally Against Discriminatory House Bill 2 at Life’s Journey UCC, 2016

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Standing against local hate groups as we demonstrate against HB2 at Burlington City Hall, 2016

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Voting Rights Moral Monday in Winston-Salem, 2015

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At the Vigil for Charleston at St. Matthews AME, 2015 – photo by http://www.shawphotographygroup.com

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Press Conference at the NCGA against HB 518 and in support of community-based ID’s with the Burlington PD, 2015

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Alamance partners rally at the Capitol against HB 318, 2015

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Black and Brown Lives Matter March at the Burlington Police Department, 2014

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Burlington demonstration against the democracy-distorting flood of corporate money into North Carolina elections, 2013

We continue to work with our partners in Alamance Peace Action, Alamance Pride, the Alamance-Burlington Association of Educators, the Delta Sorority Alumni Association, the Alamance County Committee on Civic Affairs, Raise Up, Democracy NC and Elon student groups as well as faith communities such as Life’s Journey UCC, the Burlington Masjid, Gethsemane Christian Church, Elon Community UCC and Union Chapel UCC.

We now face another moment of concern, fear and uncertainty. We invite all individuals and community and faith organizations to join us in the Alamance People’s Assembly. Join us in a grassroots, indigenously-led, deeply moral, deeply constitutional, nonpartisan, coalition political action organization. Join us to work in partnership for the values of nonviolence, love, equality, fairness and justice; in the principles of traditional social justice movements; and strengthen by faith, civil rights and labor organizations.

These are the principles that guide the HKonJ People’s Assembly and our local Alamance People’s Assembly:14344272_1097263816977561_4821721106691323946_n

Alamance People’s Assembly meetings: Join us on third Thursdays at 6:00 pm, at Life’s Journey UCC, at 2121 Edgewood Ave., Burlington, NC. For more information contact alamancepeoplesassembly@gmail.com or 336.365.8536.

Ride the Bus with the ANAACP, to the 2017 HKonJ Moral March on Raleigh, on February 11th

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Join the Alamance NAACP on Saturday, February 11th and ride our buses to attend the Eleventh Annual NC NAACP Moral March on Raleigh and HKonJ People’s Assembly!

 

The Moral March on Raleigh is part of a love and justice movement. We fight for an intersectional agenda to support public education, economic sustainability, workers’ rights and livable wages, health care for all, Medicaid expansion, environmental justice, equal protection under the law without regard to race, immigration status, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, voting rights for all, and criminal justice.

This year’s annual people’s assembly will be held in the wake of the election of Donald Trump and the political coup by our extremist legislators to limit the power of Governor-elect Roy Cooper. We will continue our fight to challenge and expose the immoral and unconstitutional policies supported and passed by former-Governor Pat McCrory, Speaker Tim Moore, Senate Leader Phil Berger and other extremists in the NC General Assembly.

GET YOUR HKONJ MORAL MARCH BUS TICKET ONLINE! Make your bus reservations for a $10.00 donation online at alamancenaacp.wordpress.com/tickets. Purchase tickets online while they last, but no later than Wednesday, February 8th. You can also donate to reserve your tickets in person or by mail. See below.

Share the event from the Alamance NAACP Facebook event page.

WHAT: ANAACP bus mobilization to the NAACP HKonJ Moral March in Raleigh
WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2017, we will depart at 7:30 am
WHERE: Alamance Community College, parking lot F, 1247 Jimmie Kerr Rd., Graham, NC
CONTACT: Noah Read, ANAACP Community Coordinator – 336.365.8536 or infoalanaacp@gmail.com

On Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7:00 am, we will begin boarding our round-trip buses to Raleigh. We will depart from Alamance Community College in Graham, NC, at 1247 Jimmie Kerr Road. We will arrive in downtown Raleigh by 9:00 am to begin gathering at 2 East South Street. The 1.1 mile march to Fayetteville St. will begin at 10:00 am, after which will begin the Mass People’s Assembly on the doorstep of the State Capitol. We will return to the Alamance Community College parking lot by 3:00 pm. We will march rain or shine. Bring comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Please pack what you will need. We will not provide food or beverages. Special transportation for elderly and disabled persons will be provided at the event. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. No arrests or civil disobedience are planned.

FOR BUS TICKETS: You can make your reservations online, by mail or in person. You can also donate tickets or request a donated ticket. Find information below.

RESERVE A BUS TICKET ONLINE: Find a link at our website on the “tickets/donations” page to make a suggested $10.00 donation by credit card. Purchase tickets online while they last, but no later than Wednesday, February 8th.
RESERVE A BUS TICKET BY MAIL: Mail a $10.00 check or money order, postmarked no later than Monday, Feb 5, 2017, to NAACP, PO Box 1557, Burlington, NC 27216. Note “for HKonJ bus tickets”. Please include a name, cell number and email address for each reserved ticket.
PICK UP TICKETS IN PERSON: We will schedule a convenient in-person ticket pick up. Contact information below.
DONATE A BUS TICKET: If you cannot attend, but would like to make it possible for others to attend, you can donate tickets. Find a link at our website on the “tickets/donations” page or follow the requests here for mailing or in-person pickup. Note “for donated HKonJ bus tickets”.
NEED A TICKET? Don’t let the donation keep you from joining us. We have a limited number of donated seats for those in financial need. Contact information below.

For information or tickets, contact Community Coordinator Noah Read at 336.365.8536 or infoalanaacp@gmail.com.

Donations to reserve you or someone else a bus ticket is non-refundable. Donations or gifts to this NAACP Unit are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.

Find and share information from our website at alamancenaacp.wordpress.com
and from our Facebook page at Alamance NAACP.

Find more information about the HKonJ March and People’s Assembly at hkonj.com.

Alamance NAACP to Sponsor Annual King Holiday March on Jan. 16, 2017

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January 6, 2017

Annual King Holiday March | Alamance NAACP


WHO: Alamance NAACP
WHAT: 2017 Annual King Holiday March
WHEN: Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:30 am
WHERE: departs Occasions at 286 E. Front Street, Burlington, NC 27215
CONTACT: 336.512.2898, 336.228.6564, or 336.449.6702


BURLINGTON, NC: On Monday, January 16, 2017, the Alamance NAACP will sponsor a Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday March. Participants will begin gathering for the rally at 10:30 am, at the Occasions parking lot, at 286 E Front St, Burlington, North Carolina. This event follows the MLK Coalition of Alamance County Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Breakfast, also at Occasions.

The march will begin at 11:00 a.m and end around 12:00 pm, in 2.5 miles, at the North Park/Mayco Bigelow Community Center, at 849 Sharpe Road, Burlington, NC. Transportation will be available from Occasions to North Park, as well as back to Occasions. This event is free and open to the public.

Share our Facebook event invite at https://www.facebook.com/events/1289928824403038/

Alamance NAACP, Branch #5368
Noah Read
Community Coordinator
branch office: 336.365.8536
cell: 336.260.4399
commalanaacp@gmail.com

ANAACP and Partners to Hold News Conference Condemning Legislator’s Anti-democratic Attack on Our State

Alamance NAACP to hold a press conference condemning the extremists in our NC General Assembly, including our own Alamance County state representatives, and their desperate, anti-democratic attacks on the will of the people and the governing institutions of our state.

WHO:  The Alamance Branch of the NAACP and local partners

WHAT:  Press Conference to Condemn the recent Special Session of the NCGA

WHEN: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 – 1:00 pm Press Conference

WHERE: Mayco Bigelow Community Center, 849 Sharpe Rd, Burlington, NC 27217

Burlington, NC – On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, the Alamance NAACP and partners will hold a press conference at the Mayco Bigelow Community Center to hold the governor and extremists in the NCGA, including our own Alamance County state representatives, responsible for their ongoing, desperate, anti-democratic attacks on the voters of our state. To protect themselves from the electoral consequences of their extremist legislative agenda, they have attempted to maintain control of state government through unconstitutionally gerrymandered representative districts and an arsenal of voting restrictions targeting minority, poor, young and elderly voters.

Despite their cynical efforts to insulate themselves from the will of the people and despite the judicial rejection of their unconstitutional election laws and representative districts, the extremists in the General Assembly still suffered the electoral defeat of their gubernatorial ally in the 2016 elections. Once again, their reaction has been shameful.

After weeks of unproven allegations of voter fraud meant to undermine state elections, the defeated governor and his extremists allies in the General Assembly convened an unprecedented Special Session of the state legislature. In an attempt to avoid accountability for the legislative abuses that have so damaged our state, the extremists again sought to circumvent the will of the people. They stripped away many of the newly elected governor’s executive powers in a rushed special session without meaningful input from dissenting legislators or the public. And still not satisfied, they went on to pass laws to intentionally create dysfunction and gridlock in our state and county board of elections. We will not allow these abuses to go unrecognized. The Alamance NAACP and our local partners will continue to fight for the dignity of our state, its governing institutions and our democracy.

UPDATE – Posted Dec 21, 2016 by Natalie Allison Janicello / Times-NewsAlamance – NAACP, others denounce state legislators


Alamance NAACP Branch #5368
Noah Read, Community Coordinator
336.260.4399
commalanaacp@gmail.com
on the web at alamancenaacp.wordpress.com
on Facebook at Alamance NAACP


The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic
equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.