I'm writing to ask you to join us in Raleigh, N.C., on February 8 to fight for justice.
In 2012, right-wing Republicans took over the North Carolina state house and governor's mansion. They launched attacks on voting rights, education, the environment, health care and women.
Reverend William Barber II, head of the North Carolina NAACP (and the latest recipient of the Campaign for America's Future Paul Wellstone Citizen Leadership Award) organized the Moral Mondays movement and rallied North Carolinians to fight back. They staged protests in Raleigh and across the state. Nearly a thousand people were arrested.
On February 8, tens of thousands of people of conscience will answer Rev. Barber's call and join in a "Moral March" on the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh.
Rev. Barber asked that we extend this invitation to you to come to North Carolina and join the "Forward Together Moral Movement" march.
As Rev. Barber himself said at our awards gala in November, "We believe there must be a direct challenge for the so-called moral framework of extremism, paid for by Tea Party and Koch money and Art Pope money in North Carolina."
"Come on down," he concluded, "and let’s send a signal throughout the South that a new day is here. A new day of voting; a new day of working together; a new day of standing together; a new day of changing things together. ... Come on down. Let’s change this nation."
Tell your organizations, workplaces, churches and friends. Spread the word to your email list and your online social networks.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Rev. Barber lives this principle, which is why we honored him with our Wellstone Award last November.