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By Jim Carey

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is an author, preacher, professor, and the chief architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement, and is the subject of the next video presentation by Occupy San Miguel, on Feb 26.

Formerly the president of the North Carolina state chapter of the NAACP, Barber organized and inspired 80,000 North Carolinians’ Moral Mondays, intended to fight back against their repressive state government and demand pro-labor and antipoverty policies that ensured economic sustainability. It was well-funded, with quality public education for all and health care access and environmental justice across all the state’s communities. Barber addressed the continuing inequalities in the criminal justice system and called for the protection and expansion of voting rights for everyone, ensuring equality under the law for every person regardless of race, class, creed, documentation, or sexual preference.

That same energy and spirit fuel the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The hope of this movement is to unite tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted morality. The Poor People’s Campaign seeks to build a moral agenda rooted in a framework that uplifts our deepest moral and constitutional values to redeem the heart and soul of our country. They challenge the position that the pre-eminent moral issues are prayer in public schools, abortion, and property rights. Instead, they declare that the “moral public concerns of our faith traditions are how our society treats the poor, women, LGBTQ people, children, workers, immigrants, communities of color, and the sick. Our deepest moral traditions point to equal protection under the law, the desire for peace within and among nations, the dignity of all people, and the responsibility to care for our common home.”

In the film, Barber calls for a movement that brings together a diverse coalition rooted in hope and not fear, a third Reconstruction Period, telling us that “some issues are not left versus right but right versus wrong.” 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, to end unemployment for those who have lost jobs for no fault of their own, to resegregate our schools and underfund 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 hardworking people when they are down.

That’s not just bad policy. It’s against the common good and shows 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.


Meeting, Film, and Discussion

Occupy San Miguel presents:

Rev. Barber and the Launch of the Poor People’s Campaign

By Rev. Barber

Mon, Feb 26, 1pm

TV room

Quinta Loreto Hotel

Loreto 15



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