North Carolina's Progressive 'Moral Monday' Protest Movement Resonates Across the Nation

Posted March 26, 2014

MP3 Interview with Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, conducted by Scott Harris


On Feb. 8, an estimated 80,000 people from North Carolina and 41 states across the nation gathered in the State Capitol in Raleigh to protest the Republican-controlled state government’s extremist agenda. Since North Carolina’s GOP took control of all branches of government in 2010, the party has passed one of the nation’s harshest voter suppression laws, cut back education funding, imposed new anti-abortion regulations and rejected federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage for 170,000 working poor families.

The protest rally on that winter day, the largest civil rights gathering in the South since the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march in Alabama, was the culmination of months of grassroots “Moral Monday” protests and nonviolent civil disobedience actions organized at the State Capitol since April 2013.

The primary organizer of these protests is Rev. William J. Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, whose morally-based progressive movement for change has now spread to other states, including Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Wisconsin and New York. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Rev. Barber, who talks about building a movement that is beginning to resonate across race and class lines around the nation.

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