On March 9, the Moral Movement for social, racial, environmental and economic justice will travel to New Jersey. Rev. Dr. William Barber II will lead a “Moral Thursday” Rally at Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, New Jersey. Union members, civil rights, environmental justice, and educational activists, and members of faith-based communities are all expected to rally for this labor-community event that will address resistance to extremism and protecting democracy.
Moral Thursday Rally
Thursday, March 9
Rev. Barber is the founder of the Forward Together Movement and leader of “Moral Monday” protests in North Carolina. Moral Monday was founded to combat the extremist policies of North Carolina’s conservative state legislature and has now grown into a powerful nationwide grassroots movement with rallies being adapted in other states. Most recently on February 11th, a record-breaking crowd of over 80,000 people marched in the 11th Annual Moral March on Raleigh in North Carolina for democracy.
Rev. Barber was a guest speaker at the 2014 CWA Legislative-Political Movement Building Conference and a notable speaker at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
The rally is being organized as one of two events in March with Rev. Barber to keep engage union members, leaders and allies across New Jersey and move them to demonstrative action.
About Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina and architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement that gained national acclaim with its Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013. These weekly actions drew tens of thousands of North Carolinians and other moral witnesses to the state legislature. More than 1,050 peaceful protesters were arrested, handcuffed and jailed.
A highly sought-after speaker, he has keynoted hundreds of national and state conferences, including the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He has spoken to a wide variety of audiences including national unions, fraternities and sororities, motorcycle organizations, drug dealer conferences, women’s groups, economic policy voting rights LGBTQ groups, environmental and criminal justice groups, small organizing committees of domestic workers, fast food workers, Christians, Muslims, Jews, atheists and others.
He has served as president of the North Carolina NAACP, the largest state conference in the South, since 2006 and sits on the National NAACP Board of Directors. A former Mel King Fellow at MIT, he is currently Visiting Professor of Public Theology and Activism at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and is a Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary. Dr. Barber is regularly featured in media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post and The Nation Magazine, among others. He is the 2015 recipient of the Puffin Award and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award. His two most recent books include Forward Together (Chalice Press) and The Third Reconstruction (Beacon Press).
“People have always stood up.” Rev. Barber talks about hope in Trump’s America. pic.twitter.com/IAnn5qq61D
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WATCH: Rev. Barber addresses the need for a Moral Movement at the 2014 CWA Legislative-Political & Movement Building Conference