Open Letter to Environmental Justice Community

Open Letter to the Environmental Justice Community Rallying in Raleigh Today

We in the NC NAACP and Forward Together Moral Movement are glad to stand with you as we make the moral case for environmental justice.

I am pleased to welcome you to Raleigh to the People's House. We are especially pleased to have Robert Kennedy, Jr. here, who has been a long-time fighter for environmental justice. 

We must stand together to fight to protect our land, water, air—every part of our environment. 

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Open Letter on the Fires of Baltimore

O Say Can You See

An Open Letter on the Fires of Baltimore

By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Pastor, Architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement, Father of Five Children, and NC NAACP President

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Confirmation of Loretta Lynch


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II's Statement Regarding the U.S. Senate 56-43 Vote Confirming NC Native Daughter Loretta Lynch as Top Law Enforcement Official in the Nation 

DURHAM, NC: Today, after more than 165 days since she was nominated, the Senate brought U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch's confirmation as the next U.S. Attorney General to the floor for a vote. In a 56-43 vote, the Senate confirmed Lynch to be the next U.S. Attorney General and first ever African American woman to serve in this role. 

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the NC NAACP, has issued the following statement: 

This is a day for shouting and celebration for America, with the confirmation of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and a day of shame and condemnation in North Carolina for Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, who chose to vote against her confirmation. 

America moves forward and they continue to move backwards. 

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The Passing of an Encourager, Friend, and Mentor to Many, Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor

April 8, 2015

By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

It is with profound sorrow and love that I ask you to consider the meaning of the life of an encourager, friend, and mentor to many who seek to live out the meaning of prophetic faith, Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor. When I became President of the North Carolina NAACP, Rev. Dr. Taylor preached at our religious emphasis service. In the 1980s, he preached a sermon, 'I am Not Ashamed', that transformed my faith perspective. And a few years ago, in the midst of our struggle and movement, he sent a written note that said simply 'Stand up for Jesus and Justice', with a $100 contribution.

On Easter Sunday, Rev. Dr. Taylor celebrated the resurrection in church, and that afternoon he joined Jesus in Heaven, after 96 years of working in the vineyard on Earth to spread Jesus’ message of love and justice. He died in my state, North Carolina, having lived here during the last years of his life.

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Extremists Also Remember Selma: The Ugly History Behind "Religious Freedom" Laws

April 8, 2015

By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

From Ava DuVernay’s award-winning film to President Obama’s speech at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, to the thousands we crossed the Bridge with and the millions that joined by TV, America has remembered Selma this year. We have honored grassroots leaders who organized for years, acknowledged the sacrifices of civil rights workers, and celebrated the great achievement of the Voting Rights Act. At the same time, we have recalled the hatred and fear of white supremacy in 1960s Alabama. But we may not have looked closely enough at this ugly history. Even as we celebrate one of America’s great strides toward freedom, the ugliest ghosts of our past haunt us in today’s “religious freedom” laws.

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Supreme Court Denies Review of NC Voting Law, Restores Key Voting Provisions as Case Continues

April 6, 2015 

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of key provisions of North Carolina’s voter suppression law, denying the state’s petition for review of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. The Fourth Circuit October 2014 decision (which was stayed by the Supreme Court pending the ruling on this petition), preliminarily blocked two parts of the new suppression law – the elimination of same-day registration and the prohibition of out-of-precinct ballots from being counted – while the case continues. A full trial on the merits of the law is scheduled for July in district court. Until the district court makes a ruling, the Fourth Circuit’s decision is the governing law in the state and its ordered injunction in place, with same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting restored. The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, Advancement Project and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, which are challenging North Carolina’s voter suppression law, along with North Carolina lawyers Adam Stein and Irving Joyner, issued the following statement:

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North Carolina is our Selma

An Open Letter from Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

Saturday, March 7, 2015

"Selma is not dead. It's not even past. It is alive in North Carolina."

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Letters to Tillis and Burr on the Attorney General confirmation hearing of Nominee Loretta Lynch

View letters to Senators Tillis and Burr from the North Carolina NAACP on the confirmation hearing of Nominee Loretta Lynch. 

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All Souls to the Polls


October 23, 2014

All Souls to the Polls:

Resisting Disenfranchisement Is a Life and Death Struggle for All People of Good Will

Statement of Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II As Early Voting Begins, October 23, 2014 

RALEIGH, NC: Fifty-one years after the March on Washington, fifty years after Freedom Summer, and forty-nine years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, local branches of the NAACP are holding Moral March to the Polls rallies throughout North Carolina to encourage citizens to participate in the right for which their forebears fought and died. These rallies began today, the first day of Early Voting in North Carolina, and they will continue through November 1, the last day of Early Voting in the state.

As NAACP branches across the state encourage North Carolinians to participate in the most fundamental practice of democracy, proponents of voter suppression are attempting to discourage citizens from turning out to vote. These extremists have used multiple tactics recently. The latest is a hollow and distracting "news report" by the Art Pope-funded Carolina Journal, based on a complaint made by an attorney representing the state. Because members of the conventional media have asked about this, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II is releasing the following statement: 

All Souls to the Polls every day of this Early Voting Period and on November 4, as we stand in this shameful time in history, where people are playing politics with our right to vote; a right won by the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of Black and White soldiers and sailors in the U.S. Army and Navy during the 1860's; a right won again by the sacrifice of Black and White civil rights activists in the 1950's and 1960's in the mole hills of Mississippi and across the south. Today is the first day of early voting and a historic day in our Moral Forward Together Movement.

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Wake County D.A. Dismisses Moral Monday Protester Charges


September 19, 2014   

RALEIGH, NC - This morning, the Interim Wake County District Attorney dismissed charges against many of the Moral Monday protesters. The dismissals represent a victory for the "Rule of Law" in North Carolina and uphold the rights of citizens to protest and instruct their representatives in the North Carolina General Assembly, the People's House. The North Carolina NAACP released this statement: 

"We never went in to be arrested," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP. "We went in to challenge what we believed then, and believe now, are constitutionally inconsistent, morally indefensible and economically insane extremist policies. The regressive agenda of Speaker Thom Tillis, Senator Phil Berger, and Governor Pat McCrory is hurting the poor, the sick, working people, public education, the environment, the principle of equal protection, and voting rights. 

 "The General Assembly is the People's House. We went in to try to arrest the legislature's conscience by pointing out the moral and constitutional high calling for elected life. Rather than meet with us for a fair debate on the issues, they arrested us

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