“Moral Mondays Movement Spreads to Alabama” (AP), and other media cover Sept. 22 Rally in Montgomery

29 Sep

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(Photo Sept. by John Zippert, ,Greene County Democrat, Sept. 22, 2014)

Alabama Multi-Cultural Fisher and Seafood Worker-Owned Coop was proud to be a part of the Alabama Moral Mondays Rally with Rev. William Barber and close to 300 Alabama activists. Below are cites and links to a few of the articles — including the Greene County Democrat’s John Zippert who attended the rally:

“On Monday, September 22, 2014, 300 people rallied in Montgomery at the State Capitol to begin a process to develop a “Moral Monday agenda” of progressive legislative change to bring before the Alabama Legislature in their 2015 session in the spring of next year. The NAACP, the ‘Alabama Moral Monday Movement’, the SOS Coalition for Justice and Democracy and other organizations sponsored the rally.”

“Rev. William Barber, the leader of the North Carolina Moral Monday Movement and inspirational leader promoting the movement across the South was the keynote speaker at the rally. Barber has worked with people in North Carolina to have a movement that had over a thousand people arrested for civil disobedience during the state legislative session. He also attracted over 80,000 people to a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the start of the 2014 legislative session. This was the largest civil rights demonstration in the South since the 1960’s.” (John Zippert, Greene County Democrat, Sept. 22, 2014)

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(Photo by International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Feb. 8, 2014)

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Associated Press journalist Phillip Rawls who is based in Montgomery wrote:

“The Moral Mondays movement has spread to Alabama, focusing on a Republican governor and Legislature just as the founders of the protests have done in North Carolina…. he [Rev. William Barber ]cited the Legislature’s passage of a law to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls and the governor’s refusal to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law. ‘It’s extreme and mighty low to deny Medicaid for thousands of people,” he told the cheering crowd.”

“Barber, a minister from Goldsboro, North Carolina, started the Forward Together Moral Movement with a Monday rally in Raleigh. Other Monday rallies followed and the events became known as Moral Mondays.”

“The North Carolina demonstrations have resulted in hundreds of arrests for acts of nonviolent civil disobedience. Last month, Selma political activist Faya Rose Toure and several others were arrested at the Alabama Capitol after the group refused to leave during a protest over an expansion of Medicaid in the state.”

[ Another one of the activists arrested that day, and who stayed in jail until past midnight was John Zippert, of the Greene County Democrat, cited above, and who wrote the following article about these arrests:http://greenecountydemocrat.com/?p=11511 ]

“Several organizations, including the Alabama NAACP, organized Monday’s Rally for a Moral Legislative Agenda. The Montgomery rally followed a week of marches around the state Capitol last month.”

“Benard Simelton, state president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the rally was not a one-time event. ‘This is the beginning of a movement to bring to the governor’s and Legislature’s attention the moral issues we want them to address in 2015,’ he said. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/22/moral-mondays-movement-spreads-to-alabama/

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(Rev. William Barber and Benard Simelton, President of Alabama State Conference of NAACP at the podium on steps of Alabama State Capitol. Photo by John Zippert, Greene County Democrat, Sept. 22, 2014)

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And the Montgomery Advertiser reported:

“…This is a movement, and this is just the beginning of a movement to bring to the Legislature and the Governor’s attention the moral issues we want them to address in 2015,” said Benard Simelton, president of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP and one of the organizers of the event….

“There was also sharp criticism of Gov. Robert Bentley for turning down an expansion of the Medicaid program to cover adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line – about $16,104 for an individual, and $32,913 for a family of four.”We hand over huge subsidies, some taxed right out of the pockets out of the poor — let’s just say it, stolen from the pockets of the poor (and given) to rich corporations,” said Dr. PippaAbston, a pediatrician who works in Huntsville and writes for Left in Alabama, a left-leaning blog. “And then these corporations and the state say ‘Oh, we can’t find money in our budget for your health care.'”
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/politics/southunionstreet/2014/09/22/moral-monday-speakers-sharply-critical-of-lawmakers/16068145/

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