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Moral Mondays

Fighting Poverty and Politics in North Carolina

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Todd Peters

While it is true that we will always have poverty in our midst, it is also true that it is our calling and our responsibility to do everything in our power to fight that poverty by creating just structures of support for our community.

Reverend William Barber: Leader of the Biggest Social Movement the Media Won't Talk About

Carl Gibson | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Carl Gibson

As Reverend Dr. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP and voice of the Forward Together movement, calls it a "deeply constitutional, deeply moral" battle against the worst forms of injustice, led by young people, minorities, and people of multiple faiths - the exact groups the current political regime is working to disenfranchise.

Samantha Lachman

Moral Monday Returns With Public Opinion, If Not The North Carolina Legislature, On Its Side

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 100 faith leaders and protesters affiliated with the Moral Monday movement staged a protest at the North Carolina legislature ...

5.85 Million People Who Can't Vote But Can They Still Complain?

Marlon Peterson | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Marlon Peterson

In 2014, where Blacks and Latinos are overwhelmingly subjugated to carceral punishments, is it sensible to make the claim that if you don't vote you can't complain?

Samantha Lachman

How The Fight Against Voting Rights Restrictions Could Decide This Year's Marquee Senate Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

DURHAM, N.C. -- President Barack Obama won North Carolina by just 14,000 votes in 2008. Now, as Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and state House Speaker Thom T...

Black LGBT Activist Arrested For Distributing Voting Rights Information

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, arrested a black LGBT activist and former state Senate candidate Monday, saying that he violated a city ordinance...

Police Arrest Black Politician For Distributing Voting Rights Leaflets

Think Progress | Posted 09.02.2014 | Black Voices

The stars of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays movement took the stage Monday at Charlotte’s Marshall Park to condemn the state’s record on voter s...

Samantha Lachman

Moral Monday Movement Expands To 12 States For Week Of Protests

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 51 years ago this week, Martin Luther King, Jr. exhorted the 250,000-strong March on Washington audience to "go back to Mississip...

Samantha Lachman

Republican Mayor Partners With Moral Monday Movement, Walks 273 Miles For Rural Health Care Access

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics

A Republican mayor has partnered with the progressive-backed Moral Monday movement to protest the closure of his small-town's hospital. Belhaven, ...

Fighting With Monsters

Mike Lux | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The modern conservative movement has gone so deeply off the rails, has taken positions so strongly opposed to most Americans' views on most issues, that fear is the main tactic they have left -- fear of blacks, fear of same-sex relationships, fear of terrorists, fear of communists, fear of immigrants.

The Stunning Resurgence of Progressive Christianity

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.04.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Anyone born within the last 50 years would be justified in thinking that Jesus' teachings and Christian preachings were the exclusive domain of social and fiscal conservatives.

Koch Brothers Group Holds Polar Opposite Of Moral Monday Protest

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

Local conservatives defended the actions of the Republican-controlled North Carolina General Assembly with a "tax reform rally" on Wednesday touting ...

Moral Monday Returns As GOP Senate Candidate Tries To Distance Himself From Legislature

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

Protesters affiliated with the Moral Monday movement rallied in Raleigh, North Carolina, and staged a sit-in at the office of state House Speaker Thom...

United Church of Christ Brings the Fight for Equality to North Carolina

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Anthony Hatcher

The latest party to file a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina is the Cleveland-based United Church of Christ, marking the first time an entire religious denomination has joined a legal battle to repeal a statewide gay marriage ban.

The Economic Case for Medicaid Expansion

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

Implementing Medicaid expansion quickly, effectively, and responsibly will not only improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of struggling North Carolinians through greater access to coordinated health care, but it will save the state and taxpayers billions of dollars.

NC NAACP and Working Films Team Up to Bring Moral Movies Series to North Carolina

Yuna Shin | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Yuna Shin

Given the state of the state of North Carolina, the organizers of Moral Movies hope that this initiative will also spread to other states, such as Georgia, just as Moral Monday movements did.

Meet The Preacher Behind Moral Mondays

Mother Jones | Posted 04.17.2014 | Black Voices

On a recent Sunday afternoon, the Reverend William Barber II reclined uncomfortably in a chair in his office, sipping bottled water as he recovered fr...

'Moral Monday' Group Plans Protest At Georgia State Capitol

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

A coalition of organizations under the "Moral Mondays" banner is planning to protest legislation at the Georgia state legislature in Atlanta on Tuesda...

We Want to Have a Common Language: Carolina Jews for Justice Stand Out in the Moral Mondays Crowd

Amy B. Dean | Posted 04.27.2014 | Religion
Amy B. Dean

"We are more likely to experience casual anti-Semitism. People will make an off the cuff remark, and somebody takes it the wrong way, and all of a sudden you have a little dustup that you've got to clear up between people who are really on the same team."

Attacks on Moral March Miss Their Mark

Rev. Jennifer Butler | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Rev. Jennifer Butler

The separation of church and state is meant to protect both religion and democracy. Those who argue that religious leaders should be silent in public debates have not only failed to learn the lessons of the past.

North Carolina is No Fairy Tale -- But Will There Be a Happy Ending?

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Katie Mgongolwa

In this faraway land, McCrory was very happy to become the ruler over this vast land. He sat down in his new, bright and shiny office and thought about the things he had promised people over his campaign.

Moral Mondays Come to Albany: Morality Meet Cuomo's Budget

Donna Schaper | Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion
Donna Schaper

What is moral fervor? It is being fed up, instead of fed, by a few having way too much and the many having way too little.

Moral March Rallies in Raleigh to Transform North Carolina

Roger Hickey | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

I was honored to be part of a historic and joyful event on Saturday, February 8, as an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 North Carolinians streamed into their capital city from all over their state to participate in an historic Moral March on Raleigh.

March Because Your Rights Shouldn't Depend on Your Zip Code

Cecile Richards | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Cecile Richards

In the weeks and months to come, Planned Parenthood will continue to join our allies in urging members of Congress to put politics aside and work together to restore voter protection under the Voting Rights Amendment Act.

Carolina on Your Mind: Why Saturday's Moral March is Everyone's Lookout

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

If you share the values of civic equality and common care, they tie you to people working for them everywhere. That's true in a practical way: we here in North Carolina hope to reverse the gerrymandering that gives us a massively Republican congressional delegation in an evenly split state.