North Carolina NAACP Launches Reconstruction Campaign
Last June, the New York Times asked: “Is North Carolina Politics the Future of American Politics?” The North Carolina NAACP answers: “Yes—as goes North Carolina, so goes the South, and as goes the South, so goes the Nation.” However, the North Carolina NAACP also answers: “The Future of North Carolina and American politics will be what We, The People, declare it to be; even when, in the course of human events, a government becomes destructive, and it becomes necessary for the people to abolish it and institute a new government.” As Harry Truman said, “Without a proper moral background, we have a totalitarian government that does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.” North Carolina can “Lead to Destruction.” But, as The People push the rock of justice together from our current dark place—North Carolina can “Lead to Solutions.”
In the wake of Shelby County v. Holder’s decimation of the Voting Rights Act, we call upon the courts to reinstate the pre-VRA remedies that US Supreme Court used prior to that Act in Vermont and Connecticut where they declared that an unconstitutionally-elected legislature may not pass any laws until the General Assembly seats are filled with a government Of The People, By The People, and For The People. Where precisely that judiciary is under attack by precisely that unconstitutional General Assembly who arrives to Raleigh for a “special session” dedicated to deploying ballistic missiles against North Carolina’s judicial system, we use that platform to launch this North Carolina Reconstruction Campaign as we join our coalition partners at the Fair Courts Day of Action in Raleigh on January 10th at 11am.
But while we partner with the courts, we do not place ourselves at the mercy of the courts. The Reconstruction Campaign continues on February 10th as we join with the Forward Together Moral Movement and immediate past NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber for the Historic Thousands on Jones Street People’s Assembly under the theme: “Taking the Resistance to the Ballot Box.” The effort is invigorated by the Alabama NAACP who, adopting the strategies and techniques of the Moral Fusion Movement, carried Doug Jones to victory over Roy Moore, proving that elections can be decided on moral grounds.
The North Carolina Reconstruction Campaign then continues through the 2018 election cycle where those who face discrimination for the color of their skin, the color of their bible, the color of their chromosomes, and the color of their sexuality join together with all who are colored by the sin of discrimination and exercise Civil Right Number One. The effort is invigorated by Virginia’s NAACP who led the fight responding to White Supremacist hate in Charlottesville by decimating a corruptstate legislature despite horrific gerrymandering.
Third, the North Carolina Reconstruction Campaign continues throughout our Governor and Attorney General’s terms into 2020, the census, and the next map-drawing cycle whose history placed North Carolina’s Congressional Map as the cover photo for the 2016 book: “Gerrymandering in America.” In 2018 we will ensure Every One of the people is heard. In 2020 we will ensure that Every One of The People Counts.