Jesus Didn't Join the Tea Party, Either

Op-Ed by William J. Barber II and Timothy Tyson for The News & Observer 

On Saturday, a throng gathered at the Capitol in Raleigh for what they termed an “I Stand With God Pro-Family” rally with Republican presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee. The initial “Stand With God” event occurred in August in Columbia, South Carolina – another key political GOP battleground. In fact, much of the crowd at the Capitol traveled from South Carolina.

Brandishing Bibles, speakers claimed that the country has lost touch with biblical values and decried abortion and marriage equality for gay Americans. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, the darling of the tea party, made the case for limited government, saying, “Government is not the solution” but nevertheless urging those who claim Christianity to “get involved with politics.” This so-called “Stand With God” makes a mockery of the Christian faith for narrow partisan purposes.

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N.C. NAACP Women Blast Senator Burr On His Record

By Cash Michaels for The Chronicle 

Posted October 15, 2015

Female members of NAACP chapters from across North Carolina expressed concerns about the legislative record of Sen. Richard Burr last week, charging that the North Carolina Republican, who is up for reelection in 2016, has a record that shows “a disregard and disrespect for the value of women in North Carolina.”

Flanked by N.C. NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber II, members of the organization WIN (Women In the NAACP) and other members attending the three-day state convention in Winston-Salem on Friday, Oct. 9, Executive Director Rev. Michelle Laws charged that Sen. Burr has repeatedly stood in the way of women’s issues.

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Loretta Lynch AG nomination drags on, leaving her supporters to question why

By Victor Blackwell / CNN

Published April 12, 2015

Durham, North Carolina (CNN)President Obama's nomination of Loretta Lynch to become the country's first African-American woman attorney general is a historic pick. Her confirmation, however, is now taking on new historical relevance as her wait for a confirmation vote by the full Senate drags into its sixth month.

The period between the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote to confirm and the full Senate vote -- which in Lynch's case has not been scheduled -- has lasted longer for her than for any attorney general nominee in recent history. By the time the Senate returns from Easter recess on Monday, it'll have been longer than the eight previous nominees for the job -- combined.

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NC NAACP Demonstrators Call on Senators to Vote for Loretta Lynch

By Renee Schoof / The News & Observer

Published March 31, 2015

Members of the North Carolina NAACP and its Moral Monday movement protested at the state offices of U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr and sent a letter that appealed to them on the basis of Christianity to vote for Loretta Lynch as attorney general.

“When you return to the U.S. Senate after Easter, we pray you will announce you have experienced a newness of thinking symbolic of the newness of life that Jesus's resurrection represents,” a letter from the group’s leaders said.

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Moral Monday Movement Spreads Through the South


By Sue Sturgis / The Institute for Southern Studies

Published January 10, 2014

After drawing thousands of protesters to the state legislature and inspiring the arrests of more than 900 people for  nonviolent civil disobedience, North Carolina's Moral Monday  movement challenging the extreme conservative agenda of  the state's Republican-controlled legislature and administration  is gearing up for more actions in 2014.

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NC NAACP Lawsuit is Amended to Include Latino Community

By Blake Hodge / North Carolina News Network

Published January 9, 2014

RALEIGH -- North Carolina is locked in a legal battle with the state chapter of the NAACP over the new voter ID legislation that was signed into law last year. Now the lawsuit, filed by the Advancement Project on behalf of the NAACP, has been amended to include the Latino community, according to Reverend William Barber - President of the North Carolina Chapter of the NAACP.

According to Barber, "Leading with the NAACP's historic position to fight all discrimination and to stand on behalf of all people of color...we want to show how this law is hurting minorities. And so we've added Latinos."

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750 Attend Rev. Barber’s Speech At ASU’s Schaefer Center, Outlines Five Goals of Moral Monday Movement

By Mark S. Kenna / High Country Press

Published October 30, 2013

Seven hundred and fifty people from different demographics watched N.C. NAACP President and leader of the Moral Monday Movement Rev. William Barber II’s lecture at Schaefer Center Monday night, as he outlined the five ideals of the non-partisan Moral Monday Movement and its history in his lecture titled ”The Necessity of a Moral Movement in North Carolina and the Nation:”

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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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Scholars Highlight Statewide Impact of Moral Mondays (Herald Sun)

Five professors from Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill sat on a panel Thursday evening at UNC’s FedEx Global Education Center to discuss Moral Mondays as North Carolina’s new social movement. The talk was organized by Scholars for North Carolina’s Future.

The Moral Monday movement, which is spreading across the state, takes a stand against N.C. General Assembly decision-making and legislation that has impacted Medicaid and reproductive rights to voting rights and education.

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