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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

Gov. McCrory supported and approved the ideologues' regressive and mean-spirited bills. He apparently agrees that it is the poor and jobless people of North Carolina who are the problem. He and his ideological partners in the legislature, including Speaker Thom Tillis, President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, and Budget Director Art Pope, not only rejected available federal funds--they rejected the two basic tenets of all major religions and our constitution to love our neighbors and to create societies based on justice.

As we stand upon a precipice of a great human disaster and approach the season of redemption, the Forward Together Moral Movement calls upon Gov. McCrory to reconvene the legislature to rescind these draconian laws.

Faith leaders at the NC NAACP Convention on 12 October 2013 wrote a letter to Gov. McCrory that will be circulated online and through the Moral Monday/Forward Together Movement network. After gathering as many signatures as possible, the Movement will deliver the letter to Gov. McCrory on 27 November 2013, the first day of Hanukkah. The letter requests Gov. McCrory to convene a Special Redemption Session and rescind the two anti-family, anti-children, anti-poor people policies that were driven through in the early weeks of 2013. We call on this because while we dislike these policies, we love our elected leaders and the people of this state and we believe always in the possibility of repentance, redemption, and renewal. This type of session could renew many people's hope in the possibility of a government that works for the good of the whole.

Moral Monday, December 23, the Forward Together Moral Movement will hold a Service of Redemption in Raleigh to, we hope, celebrate the Gov. McCrory's successful Special Redemption Session, and the General Assembly's grace and wisdom in rescinding the two inhumane laws. The Moral Monday Service will become a service of Redemptive Witnessing modeled after previous Moral Mondays, if Gov. McCrory and his ideological colleagues insist on maintaining their course of destruction. We will not stand silent, while our neighbors and families are excluded from the touch of human love and kindness by the rigidity of a band of ideologues. We will witness against these policies which go directly against our deepest constitutional values and our deepest moral values. The Forward Together Moral Movement will not allow hundreds of thousands of our neighbors in North Carolina to be crucified without a moral witness.

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


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