Rev. Doctor William Barber
By Jim Carey
Netroots talk of Rev. Doctor William Barber from North Carolina
Mon, Sep 22, 1pm
Hotel Quinta Loreto
Who is he? Some will say he’s the new Martin Luther King Jr. His oratory is eloquent, thoughtful, nurturing and uplifting and definitely similar to MLK. He’s also the President of the North Carolina State Chapter of the NAACP and for several years he has organized and inspired North Carolinians to fight back against their repressive state government. In February 2014 the NAACP estimated that 80,000 people marched in Raleigh demanding:
•Secure pro-labor, anti-poverty policies that insure economic sustainability;
•Provide well-funded, quality public education for all;
•Stand up for the health of every North Carolinian by promoting health care access and environmental justice across all the state’s communities;
•Address the continuing inequalities in the criminal justice system and ensure equality under the law for every person, regardless of race, class, creed, documentation or sexual preference
•Protect and expand voting rights for people of color, women, immigrants, the elderly and students to safeguard fair democratic representation.
Barber’s call is for a movement that brings together a diverse coalition that is rooted together in hope and not fear. He calls for a third Reconstruction Period: not in a right/left manner; nor is it about Democrat or Republican. It is about a moral principle, the establishment of justice. “It is extreme, immoral and unjust to suppress the right to vote… to deny Medicaid for millions of poor people… to raise taxes on the working poor and middle class and then cut earned income taxes in order to cut taxes for the wealthy. It is extreme and immoral to use power to cut off people’s water in Detroit… to end unemployment for those who have lost jobs for no fault of their own…to re-segregate our schools and under-fund our public schools. It is extreme and immoral for people who came from immigrants to now have a mean amnesia and cry out against immigrants and the rights of children. It is mean. It is immoral. It is extreme to kick hard working people when they are down. That’s not just bad policy. It’s against the common good and a disregard for human rights. These policies are rooted in an immoral deconstruction. They are historically inaccurate, they are constitutionally inconsistent, they are morally indefensible, and they are economically insane.” The film is one hour. It’s free and will be followed by a discussion.
On Monday, September 22, at 1pm in the TV room of the Quinta Loreto Hotel, Loreto 15 in Centro, Occupy San Miguel will show the inspirational Netroots talk of Rev. Doctor William Barber from North Carolina.