Protesters "stand strong" in Alamance County Moral Monday (Times-News)

By Molly McGowan / Times-News
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013 at 21:33 PM.
Hundreds of people packed downtown Burlington’s amphitheater Monday night, spilling out into the Historic Depot and along the Front Street sidewalk to get an earful of Alamance County’s first Moral Monday rally.

Local and state officials charged an amped-up, sign-waving crowd to continue registering their discontent with the current North Carolina leadership, regarding the state’s failure to accept Medicaid expansion money, the rejection of federal unemployment insurance funds, cuts to teachers and educators, and legislation NAACP leaders say suppresses voting rights.

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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.


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


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.


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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