19 Young Activists Changing America, including Dr. Barber (Moyers & Company)

A vibrant grass-roots progressive movement is winning victories, raising awareness and changing lives in every part of the country, but you might not know that if your main source of information is mainstream media. In the midst of a widening economic divide, a corporate assault on working families’ living standards and the right-wing tea party grip on the Republican Party, millions of Americans are fighting back in their neighborhoods, workplaces and voting booths to challenge the plutocracy and restore democracy.

Many of these efforts have been led by baby boomer veterans of the civil rights, anti-war, women’s rights, consumer safety and environmental movements. But in the past decade, a new generation of activists – born after 1960 – has stepped into leadership. Like the change makers who came before them, these activists know that the radical ideas of one generation are often the common-sense ideas of the next: They are practical idealists.

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Statement on the Passing of Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr.

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October 29, 2013

The nation lost a great moral leader and Ecumenical Giant on Sunday, October 27, 2013, with the passing of Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt Jr, Senior Bishop of the historic Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, New Testament Scholar, former President of the National Council of Churches, national leader in the Ecumenical Movement, and most importantly a beloved pastor, professor and mentor to countless people of all walks of life across this country and world. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his inspiring wife Mrs. Ocie Hoyt, his family, the CME Church and all his friends.

In addition to being the national leader of the CME Church, Bishop Hoyt was also the Presiding Prelate for the Seventh Episcopal District, which included North Carolina, in addition to the New York-Washington DC Region and South Carolina.

For anyone who had had the honor of meeting or knowing Dr. Hoyt, it was clear that he was a tremendous man of God, committed to all God's people and the struggle for justice and a more loving and humane world. While a professor at Hartford Seminary, Howard University School of Religion and the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA, Bishop Hoyt impacted scores of students, many of whom now pastor churches in North Carolina.   

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Dr. Barber to Speak at Rally To Save Vidant Pungo Hospital

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October 29, 2013

BELHAVEN - On Wednesday, October 30th, the Beaufort Co. NAACP and the NC State Conference of the NAACP will join with the Town of Belhaven to protest the closing of the Vidant Pungo Hospital. They will gather at 3:30 PM at the Belhaven Municipal Building at 315 E. Main St. in Belhaven, NC and call on Vidant Health to keep the hospital doors open. 
 
This facility provides emergency healthcare to 25,000 people in Beaufort and Hyde counties in one of the most impoverished regions of the state. Beaufort County alone has a poverty rate over 20 percent and this increases to 30.9 percent for African Americans and 51.4 percent for Latinos. Vidant Pungo Hospital will be replaced by a clinic that does not provide emergency healthcare and can turn away those who cannot afford to pay.
At the news conference and rally, speakers will raise questions about the impact of the Vidant Pungo Hospital closing on African Americans and other minorities and the large poor population in Beaufort and Hyde Counties. They will discuss how the denial of federal funded medicaid is impacting hospitals around the state.  
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The NC NAACP-led Forward Together Moral Movement Releases Open Letter to Governor McCrory Calling for a Redemptive Legislative Session to Repeal Cuts to Medicaid and Unemployment Benefits

To sign the Open Letter to Gov. McCrory, click HERE.

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23 October 2013

DURHAM - Just a few weeks after extremist ideologues swore on the General Assembly Bible to defend the Constitutions of North Carolina and the United States, they passed two bills that spit in the face of poor and working families across the state regardless of color, party, or geography. Gov. McCrory signed both bills into law.

The first bill rejected available federal Medicaid money that provided health insurance to more than 500,000 poor families. An estimated 2,800 people will die prematurely as a result of this decision. Almost one-fourth of working North Carolinians earn less than poverty wages for a family of four. More than one-fourth of North Carolina's children live in poverty. One out of three children of color live in poverty! The Medicaid insurance money will be cut off abruptly on New Year's Eve as the clock strikes midnight.

The second bill also rejected available federal funds for extending unemployment insurance to North Carolina families who were hit by the recession. Like the Medicaid insurance rejection,100,000 families will lose their unemployment insurance on the morning of January 1, 2014.

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Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II State of Civil Rights Address in Which He Outlines Next Steps in the Moral Monday Movement

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14 October 2013

Two days ago, on Saturday morning, to the largest civil rights gathering in Eastern North Carolina in decades, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II presented his annual "State of Civil Rights in North Carolina" report to the North Carolina NAACP. He heaped praise on the tens of thousands of North Carolinians who participated in the 13 Moral Mondays at the Peoples House on Jones Street in Raleigh to expose the tea party's extreme legislative policies.  He thanked the local peoples assemblies that brought the Forward Together Movement into every corner of the state, at simultaneous assemblies in the 13 U.S. Congressional Districts at the same hour, 50 years ago, that Dr. Martin Luther King urged the 1963 participants to take the March on Washington back home in the South, to accelerate the long, hard work of dismantling racism back home.  And he listed the dozen Moral Mondays that have been held around the state, and several that are planned in the near future--as well as Moral Monday groups becoming activated around the nation.  

Dr. Barber did not just report to the huge crowd of NAACP leaders, representatives from the 150 partners in the Historic Thousands on Jones Street, and other state leaders attending the NC NAACP's 70th State Convention.  As is his practice, he laid out a vision for the work of the organization and the Moral Monday/Forward Together Movement it leads over the next period. As you can see in this video, the huge crowd was with him, as he spelled out the next steps in the Forward Together Movement that has swept the state, and caught the imagination of political leaders across the country.  

Below are the 7 points that he outlined:

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