North Carolinians have been impacted by systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy as a result of this unconstitutionally elected GOP supermajority for far too long. We have voted them out at the ballot box and we won’t be silent as they hold a special session to create more laws and policies which impact people of color and poor communities the most.
RALEIGH, NC — On Tuesday, November 27th at 10 a.m. ET at BICENTENNIAL MALL, 1 E. JONES STREET, RALEIGH, NC the NC NAACP, Repairers of the Breach, The NC Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and coalition partners along with Rev. Drs. Spearman and Barber will hold a press conference and Moral Day of Action.
After losing their supermajorities in the House and Senate on Election Day, extremist lawmakers are holding a “lame duck” session on November 27, the week after Thanksgiving, to pass a voter ID law while Republicans still have their veto-proof majority. This is undemocratic, and we reject another last minute attempt to use power gained illegally through voter suppression to suppress the right to vote of people of color, the poor, those living with disabilities, veterans, women and students. Voters have spoken loud and clear when they voted to break the GOP supermajorities in the House and Senate.
“The current legislature was elected using unconstitutional maps that were gerrymandered based on race. Their monster voter suppression law was already struck down for targeting black voters ‘with almost surgical precision.’ The NC NAACP continues to challenge in court this usurper General Assembly’s authority to place constitutional amendments on the ballot at all,” said Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, NC NAACP State Conference President. “We are not a people who will shrink back! We have fought this unconstitutionally-elected legislature and won against them in the courts and in the court of public opinion.”
Any action taken in this special session should be aimed solely at alleviating the suffering of those still seeking a Just Recovery in the aftermath of Florence, our friends and neighbors and family members in the East who are fighting to overcome the devastation wrought by the storm. That is what is morally and legally authorized and should be our sole and only focus. The current GOP supermajority has absolutely no legitimacy when it comes to laws which affect people’s right to vote.
” The people in apartheid South Africa had a saying, ‘the dying mule kicks hardest!’ We have heard the call from the people of North Carolina who voted to break the veto-proof supermajority, and from the prophet Isaiah who warns, ‘woe unto those who make unjust laws.’ We will not remain silent while the dying mule of a usurper legislature attempts to legislate voting rights away from the people. When what they should be gathering to discuss is a Just Recovery for the thousands of people of color and poor and low income people fighting to survive in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence,” said Rev. Dr. William Barber II, President and Senior Lecturer, Repairers of the Breach.
All Roads Lead to Raleigh: A Moral Day of Action
Tuesday, November, 27th at 10:45am ET
Bicentennial Mall, 1 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC.
Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, President, North Carolina State Conference of Branches NAACP
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President & Sr. Lecturer, Repairers of the Breach; National Co-Chair, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival; Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church
Persons Directly Impacted by voter suppression and Hurricane Florence
Representatives from leading democracy advocacy groups from across the state
This event is co-sponsored by NC NAACP, NC Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, Repairers of the Breach, NC Voters for Clean Elections, Democracy NC, Just Florence Recovery, Progress NC, Spirit House, and Moral Monday Coalition Partners across the state.
The Forward Together Moral Movement organized Moral Mondays in 2013, because it was time for a new day in our state. The unconstitutionally elected supermajorities took power of both houses in our General Assembly and immediately set out to suppress our votes through their Monster Voter Suppression Law. Over 1,000 people were arrested while exercising their first amendment rights to address their grievances knowing that voter suppression would lead to continued legislated racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and militarism in North Carolina.
In 2016 the Moral Movement claimed victory over the extremist take-over of our state when we won in the courts and their monster voter suppression law was struck down for targeting black voters “with almost surgical precision.” The Usurper General Assembly responded with a 2016 Special Session, disguised as Hurricane Matthew Relief, to usurp the powers of newly elected Governor. Once again the Moral Mondays coalition stood firm in a week-long protest demanding justice for hurricane victims and an end to the partisan takeover of our state government. Once again, brave North Carolinians were arrested in attempt to listen to the laws being passed by this General Assembly, but instead were locked out of the legislative galleries.
Now, five years after the Forward Together Moral Movement took a stand against these extremists, we have successfully cast our ballots to break their supermajorities in both the House and Senate! In response, these usurper lawmakers are holding a “lame duck” session on November 27, the week after Thanksgiving, to pass a voter ID law while they claim to have power to do so. The Forward Together Moral Movement will gather at the General Assembly as well, we won’t remain silent in the face of this continued injustice.
We have stood together for five years in this fight to save our voting rights in North Carolina. Now, more than ever we need you to join us at the General Assembly on November 27th, 2018 at 10 a.m.!