‘Moral March on Raleigh’ Scheduled for Saturday

Eleventh annual event will reaffirm commitment to the 14-point ‘People’s Agenda’

By Michael M. Barrick

RALEIGH, N.C. – More than 200 coalition partners are scheduled to hold the 11th annual “Moral March on Raleigh,” this coming Saturday, Feb. 11. Marchers will assemble beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at 2 East South Street. A rally will begin at 9 and the march will begin at 10.

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Rev. William Barber speaking at a rally on July 15, 2013. Wikipedia Commons.

It was organized initially by the Rev. Dr. William Barber II and the North Carolina NAACP. According to a statement on the Moral March on Raleigh website, “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.” The 14 points are listed below, but to read the full People’s Agenda, including action steps, click here.

The statement explained, “The Moral March on Raleigh is part of a love and justice movement. We fight for an intersectional agenda to support public education, economic sustainability, workers’ rights and livable wages, health care for all, Medicaid expansion, environmental justice, equal protection under the law without regard to race, immigration status, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, voting rights for all, and criminal justice.”

The policies of President Trump will also be protested, as will what organizers call “ … the political coup by our extremist legislators to limit the power of Governor Roy Cooper.”

To learn more, click here.

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Participants of the ‘Moral March on Raleigh’ in February, 2014. Wikipedia Commons

The 14-Point People’s Agenda for North Carolina

  1. All Children Need High Quality, Constitutional, Well-Funded, Diverse Public Schools
  2. Livable Wages and Support for Low Income People
  3. Health Care for All
  4. Redress Ugly Chapters in N. C.’s Racist History: The overthrow of the bi-racial 1898 Wilmington Government, the sterilization of poor, mainly Black, women from 1947-1977 and the 1979 Greensboro Massacre
  5. Expand and Improve Same Day Registration and Public Financing of Elections
  6. Lift Every Historically Black Colleges & Universities
  7. Document and Redress 200 years of State Discrimination in Hiring and Contracting
  8. Provide Affordable Housing and Stop Consumer Abuse.
  9. Abolish the Racially-Biased Death Penalty and Mandatory Sentencing Laws; Reform our Prisons
  10. Promote Environmental Justice
  11. Collective Bargaining for Public Employees and Worker Safety
  12. Protect the Rights of Immigrants from Latin America and other Nations
  13. Organize, Strengthen and Provide Funding For Our Civil Rights Enforcement Agencies and Statutes Now
  14. Bring Our Troops Home from Iraq Now

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