The 11th Annual HKonJ Peoples Assembly united tens of thousands of North Carolinians in solidarity of pursuit for civil rights and social justice. The Moral Movement in NC casts a wide net, and on this day it swelled with a sea of love. People marched and took over Fayetteville Street - united to visibly challenge the extremist attacks on voting rights, economic justice, public education, health care, workers' rights, women's rights, trans rights, and equal protection under the law. Every direction you looked people were determined, respectful, loving, energetic and passionate for their cause and each other. The diversity and creativeness of signs was such a good reminder that from complicated times comes great art and great conversations. The HKonJ Coalition pushes back against radical ultraconservative legislation which violates the rights of children, African Americans and other people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants, and other marginalized groups. The resistance must be intersectional to succeed. “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own” - Audre Lorde.
It was really encouraging to show our kids the progressive vision we hold for their future. We want them to learn the importance of speaking up for what you believe in. It was fun to read the messages they wrote on balloons, a particular favorite being "Equal Rights Meow" (by girl wearing a pussy hat!) Change in NC is inevitable. We are not going anywhere. Progressive people have family values too. The moral majority will prevail. Forward Together. Not One Step Back.
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Video made by AFARaleigh of our experience marching together as intergenerational and intersectional advocates! Music credit from Hamilton (which you may start to notice is a little bit of a theme over here -Katie)