Friday, January 17, 2014

Mass Moral March in Raleigh, NC -- Why I am Going...

I am joining a significant number of my colleagues in Raleigh, NC, as the Unitarian Universalist contingent of the Mass Moral March on Saturday, February 8, 2014. 

Peter Morales has responded to the invitation from the leaders of the North Carolina movement to assemble a UU contingent. His statement is here.

The NC NAACP, led by Rev. William Barber has pulled together a powerful coalition of African American organizations and white progressive organizations to oppose the imposition of Republican governance on their state:voting suppression, drastic cuts to the safety net for the poor, draconian restrictions on abortion,  and regressive taxation.

It is the same GOP agenda that is being implemented in many states, including Michigan where I live, Ohio, Wisconsin, and elsewhere.

But in the North Carolina, a vigorous movement has been mobilized to take a stand against it, using some of the protest tactics of the Civil Rights Movement: repeated mass marches, and civil disobedience.

It is not clear what will come of this, but that does not matter. We should engage now and sum up later. One of the lessons of Justice GA, in Phoenix in 2012, is that engagement with others in their struggles for justice breathes life and vitality into our religious movement. Let's do this.



4 comments:

Clyde Grubbs said...

It will be good us, and for those congregations who go. The first I heard about here was Andover Newton in December, where the student body vowed to send a bus and that pledge is met and then some. The UUMA chapters not as much as I would like with Clara Barton folks from Connecticut being better mobilized than Bay State.

Luckily for me I got SouthWest cheap tickets early, I love me a demonstration but bus trips not so much.

Tom Schade said...

I am with you on that, Clyde. Plus, sleeping on floors doesn't work for me. I have to fight to get close to the outlet to plug in my CPAP machine. But I look forward to seeing you there, and many of our colleagues.

SpecK said...

this is tipping my boat towards going. thanks.

Tom Schade said...

Thank you, SpecK. I look forward to seeing you there in a big crowd of UU's and a huge crowd of others.