[034] HKonJ2014

They say, “The South shall rise again!” And it just might be doing that – in a way that is both surprising and encouraging.

On the federal level, the GOP has been the party of obstruction since Barack Obama’s first inauguration. They filibuster the Senate, and simply refuse to vote on anything in the House.

But on the state level, Republican governors and GOP-controlled legislatures have been frantically busy enacting every imaginable Neanderthal idea into law. Slashing taxes and funding to schools. Refusing to participate in Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Blocking access to reproductive health care for women. Putting old (and new) restrictions on voter rights. Fighting the already-lost fight on marriage equality and slowing or stopping progress on gay civil rights. Espousing policies and language aimed at people of color that is beyond offensive.

Look no further than a map of the Red States for the worst excesses of this power grab. And if you have to pick one, North Carolina checks all the boxes.

The NAACP and other civil rights organizations began the “Moral Monday” movement in North Carolina last year, as the governor and legislature rode roughshod over their own people. They kept at it, even when the national news media lost interest. And the movement has spread to other Southern states.

Hmmmm. Have people really had enough? Yes, it seems they have. GOP overreach has become so egregious, there are finally tens of thousands of Americans marching in the streets to say, ENOUGH! and NO MORE! And straight to the ballots in November.

Convened by the North Carolina NAACP and more than 160 partner organizations in the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Coalition, the march was the largest gathering in the South since the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965. It also marked the eighth annual convening of the HKonJ People’s Coalition, bringing together diverse voices from the civil rights, faith-based, labor, student, women’s rights, environmental protection, LGBT and immigrant justice communities.

“We are black, white, Latino, Native American,” said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC NAACP and convener of HKonJ. “We are Democrat, Republican, independent. We are people of all faiths, and people not of faith but who believe in a moral universe. We are natives and immigrants, business leaders and workers and unemployed, doctors and the uninsured, gay and straight, students and parents and retirees. We stand here–a quilt of many colors, faiths, and creeds.”


Photo credit: The Carolina Mercury

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Americans getting angry – and organized – over the GOP’s anti-democratic abuses? GOOD! That makes me happy. Now let’s get ourselves registered and voting!

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