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