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Moral Mondays 2The General Assembly doesn’t return to Raleigh until next Tuesday for a brief (hopefully) veto session, but there will be plenty of action in the the policy world this week as well. 

Tomorrow in Raleigh, House Republicans will be holding a fundraiser at the exclusive and recently integrated Carolina Country Club on Glenwood Aveue. Meanwhile, worker advocates and progressive activists will be picketing outside from 4:30 to 6:00. Click here for more information.

On Thursday in Raleigh there will be another workers’ rights action — this one to support the burgeoning movement for low wage workers — especially in the fast food industry. The event is scheduled for 3:30 at Matin Street Baptist Chuch. Click here for more information.

Finally, of course, on Wednesday – the actual 50 th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington – activist will gather in 13 sites throughout the state in a series of events led by the North Carolina NAACP.

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Well, another Moral Monday is upon us, click here for information about the wheres and whens for today’s events in Charlotte, Burnsville and Manteo.

And speaking of Moral Monday, check out this editorial from Saturday’s Charlotte Observer about some of the cold, hard facts being lifted up by the MM protests.

And speaking of excellent editorial page content from over the weekend, check out this piece that ran in the Fayetteville Observer by former city council member and veteran activist Denny Shaffer, in which he explains the ultimate objectives of the state’s right-wing political movement.

And speaking of the disastrous impact of right-wing policies, check out this post by blogger extraordinaire Steve Benen about the slow motion wreck that is taking place across the nation as a result of the cuts inflicted by the absurd “sequestration” path forced by Congress.

And speaking of disastrous, slow motion cuts, activists will be rallying in Raleigh tomorrow to combat the ongoing demise of the minimum wage and the rights of fast food industry workers. The event will take place at 3:30 pm at Martin Street Baptist Church. RSVP by calling 919-604-8167 or emailing itsaredletterday@gmail.com.

And finally, speaking of people with whom such protests would have resonated, check out this tribute to the late Catholic Bishop Joe Gossman of Raleigh by George Reed of the Council of Churches. Oh, how the North Carolina Catholic community could benefit from someone of Gossman’s courage and progressive views today.

Rev. barber 2The impact of the Moral Mondays phenomenon continues to expand and impact the national political and policy scene.

Today, the Campaign for America’s Future, a progressive national nonprofit based in Washington DC announced that it would honor North Carolina NAACP President and Moral Mondays leader Rev. William Barber at a November 6 awards gala at Washington’s Arena Stage theatre.  Barber will be presented the Paul Wellstone Citizen Leadership Award.

The event will feature a keynote speech by Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

If yesterday’s Mountain Moral Monday is any indication, North Carolina’s conservative political leadership may be beginning to feel a little uneasy about the movement they have awakened in this state.

When thousands of people turn out in the dog days of summer to protest the actions of lawmakers who’ve already adjourned for the year, you have to believe that this new movement for change really is here to stay. Moreover, as this story makes clear, the movement appears to be spreading beyond North Carolina.

 

 

Frankie Santoro and his friend, Sara Thompson, are both public school teachers in Forsyth County.

Forsyth Co. teachers Frankie Santoro and Sara Thompson

Forsyth Co. teachers Frankie Santoro and Sara Thompson

“Without a doubt, we are both thinking of leaving the state. And we believe there will be a mass exodus of teachers from North Carolina,” said Santoro.

That forecast was easily the most popular sentiment I heard as I walked the crowds last night at the 13th Moral Monday, where an estimated 10,000 people converged on Raleigh to raise their voices in protest against the cuts lawmakers have made against public education.

No raises for abysmally paid teachers, the loss of tenure, a dearth of instructional supplies, and the introduction of school vouchers, along with many other cuts all have educators feeling that their profession is under attack. Read More