Saturday, February 14, 2015 the Alamance NAACP brings buses with over a100 Alamance County community activists to the NC NAACP’S ninth annual Moral March on Raleigh and HKonJ People’s Assembly for a Valentine’s Day march for LOVE AND JUSTICE .
ALAMANCE COUNTY, NC: Today over 100 people from the Alamance NAACP, the Alamance NAACP Youth Council, local churches, advocacy groups, and Elon student groups, gathered early this morning in the cold February weather, to load onto buses and ride to downtown Raleigh to join thousands of others from across the state who support the Forward Together Moral Movement. For nine years our indigenously-led, state-based, state-government focused, deeply moral, deeply constitutional, anti-racist, anti-poverty, pro-justice, pro-labor, transformative, fusion movement has marched on the second Saturday in February. Under both Democratic and Republican controlled state governments, we have gathered on the doorstep of the State Capitol to convene the HKonJ (Hundred Thousands on Jones St.) Mass People’s Assembly. “We gather in Raleigh on Valentine’s Day – for the Moral March for Love and Justice – with renewed energy, propelled by the successes we have seen in the past year and a strong determination to keep fighting until justice rolls down like waters. Among other victories, we’ve seen a pay increase for public school teachers. A judge ruled in our favor by blocking the unconstitutional school voucher program. Some state officials, including Gov. Pat McCrory, are backpedaling from their hardline stance against Medicaid expansion. And Raleigh’s District Attorney dismissed the charges against 941 protesters who were arrested for their acts of civil disobedience inside the General Assembly.” – Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II The HKonJ coalition pushes back against radical, ultra-conservative legislation which violates the rights of children, African Americans, Latinos, women, the poor, LGBTQ individuals, and other marginalized groups. The HKonJ coalition transformed the 14-Point People’s Agenda into comprehensive reform bills that have been introduced in legislative sessions (http://www.hkonj.com/14_point_agenda). This agenda includes:
- Voting Rights – Expansion and protection of voting rights for all.
- Labor Rights – raising the minimum wage, securing economic justice for all and securing the right to form a union for all workers.
- Education Equality – funding for quality public schools and supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
- Health Care for All – Medicaid expansion, women’s health, and environmental justice.
- Equal Protection Under the Law – Justice without regard to race, class, creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or immigration status.
- Criminal justice and police reform.