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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.

 

 

Alex Kotch, who blogs at Progresivo and has offered some contributions here at The Pulse has an amusing take on some recent criticisms leveled at the Moral Mondays protests:

Fox News finally came out with their story on Moral Mondays this week, reporting that protestors “claim” the poor are harmed by legislation passed by conservatives, interviewing state Sen. Thom Goolsby but failing to mention that he called his own constituents “morons,” and giving NC GOP Chairman Claude Pope another chance to put down the protestors, this time comparing them to a losing football team:

“Would the losing team of the Super Bowl go protest the winning team’s locker room because they lost the game and they fumbled the ball? Come on! They are wasting taxpayer resources.”

That’s not the first time a conservative has made an unsavory sports comparison. But let’s clean up that analogy a little bit. Here’s something more accurate: Read More

Conservative politicians and flaks have been tossing some remarkably uninformed barbs at the Moral Monday protesters of late. First there was Gov. McCrory’s absurd “outside agitators” crack and then there was the thinly-veiled attack on the Civil Rights movement itself by the chairperson of the Wake County GOP.

Fortunately, North Carolina blogger, writer and musician Alex Kotch of the Progresivo blog has been doing a good job of keeping track of this stuff and providing some useful history lessons.

Click here and here to read two of Kotch’s most informative recent entries.