When I was growing up in Eastern North Carolina, I used to love to sit in my grandmama’s kitchen and listen to her sing as she made dinner. Whenever she was done cooking, she’d give me a plate to eat. Then she and some of the other sisters from the church would make up some to-go plates and, with their aprons still on, head out the door to visit the sick and shut-in. “We going to hope somebody,” Grandmama would say.
For years, I thought Grandmama’s grammar was bad. I studied my lessons in English class and knew that hope wasn’t a verb. I didn’t dare correct Grandmama, but I knew better than to say I was going to hope somebody.
Years later, after I’d gone to graduate school and read the great theologians, I woke up one morning and couldn’t move. My doctors told me I’d never walk again. There was nothing they could do to help me. (Patheos)
The Political Agitator response: I was there another awesome event. Photos/Videos HKonJ 2015 Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II NAACP NC & Partners March To NC State Capitol Saturday February 14, 2015
This is the first installment in a three-part series on Reverend Barber and the Forward Together movement in North Carolina.
On Feb. 14, roughly 30,000 people got up early on a cold Saturday morning to march on the North Carolina state house in Raleigh to demand anti-poverty legislation, voting rights, healthcare access, LGBT rights, environmental justice, criminal justice reform, and reproductive rights. #MoralMarch, the official hashtag of the protest, was a top national trend on Twitter, and an image of the march posted on the US Uncut Facebook page was shared over 12,000 times and reached almost 1.5 million people. (Full disclosure: I’m one of the admins for US Uncut.)
Meanwhile, the lead story in the next day’s Raleigh News & Observer, complete with a spread of 97 photos, was about a five-mile run in which participants ate a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts halfway through. Anchors of corporate-owned local TV news stations each spent 40 seconds talking over video of the march, briefly mentioning that it happened, and the News & Observer later gave the march a brief two-sentence summary on its website. So what is it about the Forward Together movement the media is so scared to talk about? (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator – response: It is quite interesting the response from the Superintendent since being confronted about the mess. Before the NAACP made it public, I had not seen anything coming from him, the principal of Nash Central nor the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools board members other than Reggie Silver whom was on WRSV FM 92 Express Yourself Weekly Talk Show on last Monday. Rev. Silver said he didn’t condone the actions of the mess and that he felt more needed to be done about the it. Thank you Rev. Silver for taking a stand and your willingness to talk about this mess.
The Rocky Mount Branch of the NAACP has scheduled a Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the OIC Auditorium to discuss the recent KKK-inspired photograph that was posted on the social media website Instagram by six female Nash Central High School students.
The Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the N.C. NAACP, will lead the discussion at the meeting.
“The NAACP has heard the cries of children, parents and the community about the light manner in which the offensive Instagram posting initiated by Nash Central students has been taken by the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools,” said Rocky Mount branch President Andre Knight. “This forum is designed to do what Superintendent Anthony Jackson has asked the community to do: ‘Help our students get through the stuff by being honest with them and most of all, showing them by our actions how to resolve conflict resolution appropriately.’” (Source: Read more)
“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.
Click on photo for link to entire story and to watch the video in Los Angeles
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