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Moral March on RaleighDespite the forecast of gray winter skies and perhaps some spotty rain, Saturday’s Moral March on Raleigh is looking increasingly as if it will be the biggest one yet. March organizers report that:

  • several thousand people have already committed  to attending on several different websites and Facebook pages — far more than 2013;
  • the number of buses and large vans already reserved for Saturday is nearly three times the number reserved last year; and Read More

hk-2This morning’s edition of the Weekly Briefing spells out eight reasons — four “big picture” and four, “practical and down to earth” — why you should march in this Saturday’s Moral March on Raleigh.

Here’s one:

“North Carolina is Ground Zero in the ideological contest over the nation’s future –America may be politically polarized at this moment in its history, but at some point in the foreseeable future, a combination of demographic, economic and, perhaps even environmental changes is going to help break the logjam. And while there are some encouraging indications that things will break in a progressive direction – the rapid progress in LGBT equality is perhaps the most obvious sign – this is anything but a sure thing, especially given the overwhelming financial resources at the disposal of the forces of reaction. Right now, no state in the union better exemplifies this sharp divide than deeply purple North Carolina. There is simply no more urgent time or better place to join the battle.”

See ya’ Saturday at 9:30!

Rev. Dr. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP, called on state legislative leaders this morning to take immediate action to place the state in compliance with the recent ruling issued by the North Carolina Court of Appeals regarding access of at-risk four year olds to publicly-funded pre-kindergarten.

In a letter that Barber and allies hand delivered to the offices of House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger,  Barber said that:

“We believe many parents and their children, particularly in low-wealth counties, were told by school authorities that they could not enroll in More at Four programs this fall because of the obstacles your legislation created. It is now your duty to take immediate steps to make sure each school district complies with its constitutional duty, Read More

UPDATED: WRAL’s Laura Leslie worked late last night and finally caught up with Reverend William Barber of the NAACP. She posted this story at 10:27 pm (updated at 1:40 am) in which Barber disputes information released by House Speaker Tillis’ office that’s discussed in the post below.    

WRAL.com reported this afternoon that NC House Speaker Thom Tillis’ office is claiming that “the Speaker had a meeting with the NAACP scheduled for 1:45 this afternoon, but the NAACP canceled the meeting.”

As usual, Tillis’ people were/are misleading the news media.

I spoke with Rev. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP late this afternoon. Barber told me he’s been trying to get in touch with reporter Laura Leslie to correct the story she was fed by Tillis’ spokesperson, but that they had failed to connect. (UPDATED: It should be noted that Leslie tried to get hold of Barber first, but he was originally unavailable).

Barber told me that the truth of the matter is that Read More