Andover Newton stands in solidarity with North Carolinians
Saturday, February 08, 2014
Woe to those who make unjust laws,
To those who issue oppressive decrees,
To deprive the poor of their rights
And withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,
Making widows their prey
And robbing the fatherless.
-Isaiah 10: 1-2
All Roads Lead to Raleigh! Forward Together!
Join Andover Newton as we go to North Carolina to participate in the Moral March on Raleigh on Feb. 8, 2014. This trip, inspired by the recent visit of The Rev. Dr. William Barber in November, will take members of the Andover Newton community to participate in the yearly march.
The situation that has developed over the past twelve months in North Carolina is dire. In the past year the current legislation has denied Medicaid to 500,000 people, cut unemployment benefits for 170,000 struggling North Carolinians, taken away the Earned Income Tax Credit from more than 900,000 poor families, passed the worst voter suppression bill in the nation since Jim Crow, attacked women’s rights, and removed environmental protections under the rubric of making the state more business friendly.
This situation makes it critical for people of faith to gather in Raleigh and raise their voices in protest! The Moral March on Raleigh is a march to the state house to bring attention to the poor and the marginalized. As people of faith our call is to serve as a witness. Join us in this march as we stand and give voice to the voiceless.
The precursor of the upcoming march began in December 2006, under the leadership of The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, who also serves as the President of the North Carolina state Conference of the NAACP. The Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) organizational meeting drew a diverse group of some of the state’s best organizers, political scientists, lawyers, religious leaders, and activists. HKonJ kicked off its first annual “HKonJ People’s Assembly” in February 2007, when more than 3,500 supporters attended as they sanctioned and signed the coalition’s “HKonJ 14-People’s Agenda (with detailed ‘Action Steps’).” The HKonJ Coalition transformed the 14-Point People’s Agenda into comprehensive reform bills that have been introduced in legislative sessions.
HKonJ achievements include, but are not limited to successful voting, mobilization, legal, and public awareness campaigns aimed toward preventing the unconstitutional resegregation of Wake County Schools (the largest school system in North Carolina); increasing the minimum wage; securing passage of The Racial Justice Act; obtaining Same Day Voting; winning Smithfield workers their right to unionize; obtaining Governor’s veto of Voter I.D. Laws, veto of unfair budget, and veto of legislative efforts to repeal the Racial Justice Act; and helping initiate groundwork for the Governor’s pending “Eugenics Compensation Program Bill.” This is an impressive list, but given recent events, it is not enough!
Come to Raleigh on Feb. 8 and add your voice to the many hundreds clamoring for peace and justice!
To participate in this trip please contact:
Participants will be responsible for making their own arrangements for travel to and from North Carolina. There are inexpensive flights available and car ride-sharing opportunities for students. There is limited housing available from host churches.