Convicted For Our Convictions: Rev. Dr. Barber's Response to the 12/4/13 Verdict-NC NAACP

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December 5, 2013

DURHAM - On December 4th, 58 years and 3 days after the beginning of the Montgomery bus boycott and the arrest of Rosa Parks, twelve of us in the original seventeen Moral Mondayarrestees were convicted for our convictions. Although the judge dismissed one charge and openly stated that several rules of the NC legislature were vague and unconstitutional, we were found guilty of second degree trespassing and breaking legislative rules. The rationale for our civil disobedience still stands and our lawyers have filed an appeal to Superior Court for a jury trial. We believe our lawyers made tremendous constitutional arguments that must be heard in a higher court, not a district court. 

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NC NAACP Statement on the Death of President Nelson Mandela

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December 5, 2013

DURHAM - Today the North Carolina NAACP, the Forward Together Moral movement and the Historic Thousands on Jones St Peoples' Coalition joined the world in mourning the death and celebrating the life of President Nelson Mandela. He was the model of steadfast commitment to justice, a stalwart devotee of loving your oppressor, and possessed an unwavering determination to the principles of human dignity, unity, and fundamental social change. 
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New Petition Campaign Kick-Off

Sign the Petition Calling on Gov. McCrory to Expand

Medicaid for 500,000 and Unemployment Benefits for 170,000 North Carolinians. 

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The NC NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement delivered an Open Letter to Governor McCrory on Tuesday, November 26th, urging him to call a Special Redemption Session of the Legislature to rescind the regressive and mean-spirited laws that deny Medicaid to 500,000 poor North Carolinians and emergency unemployment benefits to an estimated 170,000 North Carolina families. The Open Letter had gathered 3,000 signatures from people across the state.  

We are continuing our signature gathering campaign and launching a new petition. When each new person signs on to the Open Letter, Gov. McCrory will receive an email of the letter urging him to do the right thing. 

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Annual Thanksgiving Greetings from Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

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28 November 2013

Annual Thanksgiving Greetings 

We wish all the wonderful people of North Carolina a happy Thanksgiving.  To our many Jewish friends, we wish a warm Hanukkah celebration.  We give thanks to our Creator for all the wonders of His world and human family. Pope Francis' wonderful papal letter, released this week, gives added excitement to the season of renewal, love, and thanks.

We wish Gov. Pat McCrory and his family, Art Pope and his family, Speaker Thom Tillis and his family, and Senate Leader Phil Berger and his family a weekend of love and compassion.  We hope redemptive reflection about their inhumane rejection of federally-funded insurance for hundreds of thousands of North Carolina families who are poor and unemployed will reveal to them that it was wrong. We pray the God of love and grace will be received by all of us during this season of wonder, love, and thanks.

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