FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
30 December 2012
For More Information: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137
Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700
Atty. Al McSurely, Communications Chair, 919-381-0856
Gov-Elect McCrory and NC NAACP President Barber
Meet in Raleigh Friday, Dec. 28th
Governor-Elect Pat McCrory and Rev. Dr. William Barber, President of the NC NAACP, exchanged views and hopes on Friday. The two leaders were joined by Ms. Carolyn Coleman, First Vice President of the NC NAACP from Greensboro, and Ms. Sylvia Barnes, State Secretary of the NC NAACP. Thomas Stith, Governor-Elect McCrory’s Chief of Staff, arranged the meeting.
The Governor-Elect expressed his concerns about jobs, the economy, and education. Dr. Barber and Ms. Coleman, members of the National Board of the NAACP, talked about the national and state NAACP’s commitment to protecting voting rights; economic sustainability; addressing poverty, unemployment, and fair tax reform that does not balance budgets on the backs of the poor; labor rights, living wages, and minority access to state contracts; access to high quality, well-funded, constitutional, diverse education for all children; fair treatment of immigrant children; health care for all; reforming and changing disparities in the criminal justice system; ending the prison pipeline; and equal rights for all North Carolinians.
The two leaders committed to meet again after McCrory is sworn in as Governor. "We will bring a representative team from the NAACP and the HKonJ Coalition," Barber said.
Six years ago, Dr. Barber and hundreds of other activists formed a multiracial coalition, Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition around a detailed 14-point Legislative Agenda to dismantle the systems of poverty and racism. It will gather for the seventh year in Raleigh on February 9, 2013 and is now made up of over 140 partner organizations.
The NAACP leaders invited Mr. McCrory to attend the State NAACP annual Winter Meeting in Raleigh on January 26, 2013, attended by members and friends from the over 120 NAACP adult, youth and college units in North Carolina.
"Governing our large, beautiful, diverse state is not easy," Barber said. "We have great hope that Gov. McCrory will lead the way in governing for ‘the good of the whole.’ The NAACP will always work with our elected officials to fulfill their constitutional pledge to govern in the interest of all North Carolinians."
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.