Alamance NAACP Joins the HK on J Coalition for the 10th Annual Mass Moral March on Raleigh

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Today, as we have for the last ten years, the ANAACP returns from the Mass Moral March on Raleigh more dedicated than ever to the work of ensuring that the resources and opportunities of our community benefit everyone, not just those in positions of privilege.

 

February 13, 2016

BURLINGTON, NC: This morning over forty Alamance County residents, including many members of the Alamance County NAACP, boarded the ANAACP sponsored bus in the cold February weather to march in the NC NAACP Mass Moral March on Raleigh and attend the HKonJ (Historic Thousands on Jones Street) People’s Assembly at the State Capitol.

In Raleigh, ANAACP bus riders gathered at 8:30 am near Shaw University, with coalition members, advocates and compassionate individuals from across the state, to rally for strong public schools, Medicaid expansion, protection of voting rights, fair immigration reform, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, environmental protections, criminal justice reform and many other issues that affect minorities and the poor. The event opened with inspiration given by the prayers of Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders. Then young and old, black, brown and white, men and women, gay and straight, rich and poor North Carolinians all stood side by side to march across downtown Raleigh to the State Capitol.

At the Capitol, marchers gathered for the 10th Annual HKonJ People’s Assembly. Leaders of our coalition’s organizations spoke to us on the issues we care about, but even more importantly, we heard the true life stories of people who have been hurt by the immoral, unconstitutional and economically disastrous policies of our state leaders. Disenfranchised voters, students of underfunded schools, people suffering without quality healthcare, and workers deprived of a living wage told their painful stories. They joined the families of the victims of hate crimes whose perpetrators have been inspired by the same kind of racist, classist, homophobic and xenophobic rhetoric used by Governor McCrory and leaders in the General Assembly to take power by dividing our community.

Members of the Alamance NAACP will now bring back the perspectives, knowledge and strategy shared with us today to give momentum to our ongoing “Our Time, Our Vote” campaign to register voters and train poll monitors ahead of the March primaries, to strengthen our partnership with education supporters for the “Stand Up For the Schools Our Children Deserve” campaign ahead of the upcoming legislative session and to further our ongoing efforts to build partnerships with local faith groups to work for a more compassionate community.

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ANAACP President Barrett Brown with Bob Zellner, legendary Civil Rights activist who marched in Selma with MLK Jr, John Lewis and others. It’s a crying shame that he still has to march and get arrested for the sake of voting rights some 50 years later!

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Many stories were shared, stories that show the urgent need for immigration reform, Medicaid expansion and support for the Black Lives Matter movement. It is critical now for us as citizens of Alamance County and for people all over this country to organize, organize, organize! – Kendal McBroom, ANAACP Community Coordinator

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The Alamance NAACP is working to build a movement locally, to be repairers of the breach by building broad coalitions to effect positive change. Thanks to our partners that participated in HKonJ as we strive to move “Forward Together”. – Barrett Brown, ANAACP President

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Marchers showed commitment to the theme of “It’s Our Time, It’s Our Vote” by signing up to register voters in time for the February 19 cutoff date, to vote in the March 15 Primary Election. –  Dana Courtney, ANAACP PAC Chair

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