Moral March on Raleigh News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 7, 2014 

The Forward Together Moral Movement and the NC NAACP Prepare to March-Rain or Shine-for Their Five-Point Moral Agenda and Against Extremist Policies that Hurt North Carolina's Most Vulnerable 

RALEIGH - With less than 24 hours left between the Forward Together Moral Movement and its historic demonstration in Raleigh, the NC NAACP and its more than 170 coalition partners are gearing up for a full day of demonstration and fellowship in the state capitol. 

Tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on Raleigh tomorrow morning to protest the cruel policies passed by Speaker Tom Tillis, Senate Leader Phil Berger, Budget Director Art Pope and their followers and then signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.

"We call on all people of good will to resist these attacks on the poor and working families of North Carolina," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC NAACP. "Now is the time. Forward together, and not one step back!"

As a reminder to all members of the media, you must RSVP here to receive your press credentials and media kit on the day of the march. Without press credentials, you will not be allowed onto the media platform at the People's Assembly and main program. Nor will you gain access to the press suite for speaker interviews.

Please see more media logistics information, the route map and the stage map. All of this information will also be included in the media kits given out to those who RSVP on Saturday morning at check-in.

The Moral March convenes at Shaw University on Wilmington St, between South St and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, in Raleigh at 9 am, and the march toward the state capitol will begin at 10:30 am. Dr. Barber will deliver the Moral Movement's call to action for the year of mobilizing ahead when he takes the stage at 11:30 am. More information about the march is available here

The Forward Together Movement builds on the work of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street People's Assembly (HKonJ), which has gathered thousands of people in front of the state legislature every February since 2007. After an avalanche of cruel policies passed in the General Assembly last session and more than 30 Moral Monday rallies, we return to Raleigh with renewed strength and a sense of urgency.

This year's Moral March makes five fundamental demands: 

  1. Secure pro-labor, anti-poverty policies that insure economic sustainability;
  2. Provide well-funded, quality public education for every child;
  3. Promote health care for all, including affordable access, the expansion of Medicaid, women's health and environmental justice in every community;
  4. Address the continuing inequalities in the criminal justice system and ensure equality under the law for every person, regardless of race, class, creed, documentation or sexual preference; and
  5. Protect and expand voting rights for people of color, women, immigrants, the elderly and students.

To right these injustices, the Moral March kick offs a year of grassroots empowerment and voter education; litigation; and nonviolent direct action.  

"Last year, they had their time to vote and abuse power," Dr. Barber said. "This year, we will vote with our voices to show power of the people." 

Moral March on Raleigh HKonJ People's Assembly Schedule: 

8:00 AM

Prayer Service - NC Council of Churches and NC NAACP

(Outside of NC State Capitol Building)

8:30 AM              

Press Check-In - First Table

(Press table located on Wilmington St near the corner with South St)

8:45 AM              

Shabbat Service

(Shaw University Chapel)

9:00 AM              

Welcome - Kick-Off Program

(Wilmington St between South St and Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd)

9:30 AM              

Press Check-In - Second Table

(Press table located on Fayetteville St near media platform and stage)

10:00 AM             

Marching Instructions

(Wilmington St between South St and Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd)

10:30 AM             

Moral March

(Set off down Wilmington St toward state capitol; see route map)

11:00 AM             

People's Assembly  -  Rally Program

(Fayetteville St between Morgan St and Hargett St)

11:30 AM             

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II   -   Rally Remarks

(Fayetteville St between Morgan St and Hargett St)

12:30 PM             

Selected Speakers Available for Interviews*

(Press suite located at First Baptist Church-101 S Wilmington St)

1:00 PM               

Press Conference - Visiting National Leaders

(Press suite at First Baptist Church)


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