Mother Jones: Barber charting new path for protesting Republican overreach in the South

04/14/2014 2:11 PM

04/15/2014 3:48 AM

Mother Jones has an article today about the Rev. William Barber and the genesis of the Moral Monday protests in North Carolina. The deckhead on the article is: “The Reverend William Barber is charting a new path for protesting Republican overreach in the South – and maybe beyond.”

An excerpt:

With North Carolina Democrats still in disarray following their drubbing in 2012, some progressives are looking to Barber to lead them out of the wilderness. “It’s our job to take this energy and turn it into reality at the polls,” says Democratic Party chairman Randy Voller.

But to Barber, the movement’s success is not tied to the ballot box. Rather, it’s in moments like the cold Saturday morning in February when tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of the capital. Black, white, gay, and straight, they came from churches and synagogues wearing rainbow flags for marriage equality, pink caps for Planned Parenthood, and stickers reading “North Carolina: First in Teacher Flight.” When it was Barber’s turn to speak, the crowd fell silent.

“Make no mistake – this is no mere hyperventilation or partisan pouting,” he intoned, his voice rising and breaking. “This is a fight for the future and soul of our state. It doesn’t matter what the critics call us…They can deride us, they can try to deflect from the issue. And we understand that, because they can’t debate us on the issue. They can’t make their case on moral and constitutional grounds.”

Read the rest here.

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