Why Labor Day Should Be a Moral Monday by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II And Richard Trumka


September 1, 2014

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is president of the North Carolina state conference of the NAACP. Richard Trumka is president of the AFL-CIO.

To read the article online in The Root click HERE.

On Labor Day we honor America’s working families. These families build our country, serving as the engine that keeps our country on its path toward a just, sustainable democracy. But in 2014, we urge that Labor Day also be a Moral Monday.

The people of North Carolina have established Moral Monday protests as a powerful tool for coming together to convey their demands to their General Assembly, and in doing so, they have introduced many to the power of collective action. We urge the nation to take up that mantle.

While our country celebrates workers today, poor and working families are under attack the other 364 days of the year. Wages remain at poverty levels as corporate profits skyrocket. The average CEO makes 774 times more than a minimum wage worker and 331 times more than the average employee. Corporations have turned to temporary and minimum wage workers to silence their employees’ voices. States, counties and cities across the nation are dismantling collective bargaining and other rights that would give workers the chance to challenge these regressive trends.

Today we live in a political climate that treats people as disposable things, and corporations as people. Although Wall Street has moved past the Great Recession, most of us are still struggling to make ends meet. In the richest nation in the history of the world, people who work 40 hours each week should be able to put food on their tables and take their children to the doctor.

But the extremists haven’t stopped with labor rights. We know that the same people attacking workers are attacking the pillars of justice in America, ranging from our sacred right to vote to our birthright of public education. Meanwhile, they are privatizing schools and prisons, polluting the environment, attacking LGBTQ and women’s rights, racializing the criminal-justice system, and denying the American dream to immigrants and their children.

Their agenda amounts to a sinister form of “Grand Theft Democracy.” And when officials at any level try to roll back our human rights, it is constitutionally inconsistent, morally indefensible, historically insensitive and economically insane.

Labor Day has always had a patriotic and economic message. But we believe that everything that has ever changed America and the world for the better has inherently carried a moral message, too. The long fight for labor rights, voting rights, educational equality and quality health care for all is not a partisan struggle. It is a moral fight for the soul of the nation.

We are calling for people to organize by building on the most sacred values of our faith traditions.Isaiah 10:1-2 is as clear as the bell of freedom: “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.”

In turn, our nation’s founding documents demand that we establish justice and commit to the ideal that all men and women are created equal and should be treated as such, whether by their government or in their workplace.

There is a way forward.

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America’s Moral Crisis: Rev. Dr. William Barber’s epic speech at the AFT convention – Blue Nation Review (BNR)

“There is a moral crisis in the country”

These are the bold words of Rev. Dr. William Barber who is one of the many faith leaders leading the “Moral Monday’s” campaign in North Carolina. Yesterday Rev. Barber was a keynote speaker at this year’s American Federation of Teachers convention in Los Angeles.

“We are declaring that we will go forward together and not take one step back,” Rev. Barber said in his opening.

Rev. Barber warned everyone of a new moral crisis engrossing our country.

“Whoa unto those who legislate evil, and rob the poor of their rights, and make children and women their prey,” Rev. Barber quoted Isaiah 10:1-2

The basis of the Moral Monday’s campaign is push back against the immoral attempts from right-wing conservatives in North Carolina [and other states] to attack voting rights, worker’s rights, women’s rights, immigrant rights, and LGBT rights.

“The same people who are fighting voting rights are fighting women’s rights. The same people who are fighting women’s rights are fighting worker’s rights. The same people fighting worker’s rights are fighting immigrant rights. You and I must be smart enough to hook up, and you ‘hook-up’ with an agenda,” bellowed Rev. Barber.

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The photo below was taken in Raleigh NC at the most recent Moral Monday at the NC General Assembly no I didn’t go to Los Angeles


Generation To Generation: Generation of Civil Rights Leaders – MSNBC

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Video/Photos: Moral Monday At The North Carolina General Assembly Jones Street Halifax Mall June 23, 2014 The DCN Was There

The DCN was here. Watch the video and enjoy!

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HKonJ March Did Not Require ID To Participate by Curtis Everette Gatewood

Well, congratulations to our great leader, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II for an outstanding message and the demonstration of Prophetic leadership as Saturday’s Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People Assembly left the naysayers shocked and almost speechless. Unfortunately, they did not remain speechless – they immediately and desperately began spinning and spewing lies in blogs and newspapers throughout the nation.

Since they do not want North Carolinians and other observers across the nation and world to hear us tell the truth about the ‘constitutionally inconsistent, morally indefensible, and economically insane policies’ being passed by an extremist-Tea-Party-drunk group of legislators and Governor who declared war on their own state, they have resorted to a mass production of lies.

Rather than doing the right thing and make sure we are providing Medicaid that would morally expand and cover 500,000 struggling and poor North Carolinians, they would rather lie; rather than ensuring we provide the unemployment benefits to the 170,000 they betrayed, they would rather lie; rather than providing a fair earned income tax credit that would best served the 907,000 poor hardworking North Carolinians who had their taxes raised to give tax breaks to 23 millionaires, they would rather lie; and rather than ensuring all North Carolinians right to vote will in no way be denied or abridged, they would rather lie.

They are now desperate as they suddenly realize their economically insane, morally pathetic, and politically destructive agenda is headed toward divine defeat from the Almighty, as God cracked the sky and flooded the streets of Raleigh with a human rainbow which illuminated this state, nation, and world on Saturday.

The desperate lie they have polluting the airwaves since the overwhelming success of the Moral March/HKonJ People’s Assembly is the claim we ‘hypocritically required protesters/marchers to bring ID while we protest the Voter ID Bill.’ The problem with such a lie is, we have about 100,000 witnesses who know they were not required to show us ID before protesting. They are basing this lie on our list of ‘Dos and Don’t for Marchers’ which recommends bringing ID. ID is recommended in the event of an emergency – not as a requirement to protest or march.

But even if we did require ID, it is not the same as using ID to abridge one’s right to vote. Even if we did require ID to march, it would not be the same as cutting a week out of early voting, or eliminating straight ticket voting, or discarding ballots which were erroneously cast in the wrong precinct, or prohibiting Sunday voting, or refusing to accept college ID, or the elimination of youth preregistration, or giving the greenlight for voter intimidation, and list goes on.

In other words, the first act of deceit is to claim the Governor simply passed a ‘Voter ID Bill,’ when in fact the requirement of ID, the first time in 237 years, is just one of several voter suppression tactics associated with the legislation in question. Therefore, contrary to popular misinformation, we are not fighting a ‘Voter ID Bill.’ WE ARE FIGHTING A VOTER SUPPRESSION BILL.

Their allegations of hypocrisy are consistent with the efforts to engage in voter suppression while claiming they are fighting ‘voter fraud.’ Or their attempts to call our leaders ‘racists’ for having the audacity to fight their racism. Or their claims that White men are poor victims of ‘reverse discrimination’ while they discriminate fast-forwardly against women, African Americans, Latinos, and every other non-White male. So why should anyone on earth be surprised when some of the biggest hypocrites on earth attempt to label the victims of their hypocrisy as the ‘hypocrites?

Similar to the voter suppression pushers, when certain people are defeated by a beautiful rainbow of God’s good people who work hard, organize, use love, intelligence, justice, and win by the rules – historically, the oppressive naysayers and powerful opposition will become more and more willing to lie, cheat, and change the rules.

Also, historically, there will be those of us who willl remain standing until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. People all over the world, will join hands, and get on the ‘LOVE TRAIN, the LOVE TRAIN (GET ON BOARD)!’ Lies can’t live forever!

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Photos/Video: HKonJ NAACP NC & Partners United For A Moral March On Raleigh

Photos/Video: HKonJ NAACP NC & Partners United For A Moral March On Raleigh

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HKonJ: Thousands march in downtown Raleigh – Thomasi McDonald was a former reporter with the Tarboro Daily Southerner. My friend always have done a great job of reporting the news.

Raleigh NC: It Is Going Down Today, HKonJ


  • For more information, go to hkonj.com

    On February 8, 2014, we will gather on Wilmington St. between South St. and MLK Jr. Blvd at 9:00 AM in downtown Raleigh. From 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM there will be music and welcoming followed by an hour long program with speakers and more music. We will march to Fayetteville Street at 10:30 AM after which we will begin the mass people’s assembly on the doorstep of the State Capitol.

    If you arrive early, feel free to join the prayer service at 8:00 AM at the State Capitol, led by pastors or the prayer service at 8:30 AM at Shaw University, led by rabbis.

    Reminder: there will not be civil disobedience at this event.

    For the past seven years, a fusion movement has been growing in North Carolina. In 2006, the Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition was formed under the leadership of Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and the North Carolina NAACP. It has grown to include over 150 coalition partners. Each year this fusion movement comes together on the second Saturday in February to hold a mass people’s assembly to reaffirm its commitment to the 14 Point People’s Agenda and to hold lawmakers accountable to the people of North Carolina.

    This year’s annual people’s assembly will be held in the wake of a powerful push back to the immoral and unconstitutional policies supported and passed by Governor Pat McCrory, Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate Leader Phil Berger, Budget Director Art Pope and other extremists in the NC General Assembly during the 2013 Session. After 13 Moral Mondays in Raleigh leading to almost 1,000 arrests for civil disobedience and 23 local Moral Mondays spanning the entire state, the Forward Together Moral Movement and the HKonJ coalition will join together once again for the Moral March on Raleigh HKonJ People’s Assembly.

    We are calling on all people of conscience and concern to join us as we stand against the extreme and regressive agenda being pushed in North Carolina. This agenda is a reflection of what is happening across the United States.

    If you believe that an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, if you understand that what happens in North Carolina has implications for the future of the nation, if you believe that we can build a moral movement together to save the soul of our state and country, then join us as we tell Governor McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly, "Forward Together, Not One Step Back!"

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