Asheville will hold its own ‘Moral Monday’ protest in Pack Square Park on Aug. 5

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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moral_monday_asheville_2013UPDATED: Here’s the info:

On Monday August 5 from 5-6:30 p.m., a coalition of WNC groups will host Mountain Moral Monday, a non-partisan event to highlight the abuse of power and cruel policies coming out of the N.C. statehouse. The event will take place at Pack Square Park and will feature Rev. Dr. William Barber, President of the NC NAACP, the grassroots leader responsible for shining a national spotlight on what the New York Times has called “The Decline of NC.”

“For the past 12 weeks, people from all walks of life and from all around the state have gathered in Raleigh to protest the frenzy of extremism that has gripped our state government,” said Valerie Hoh, a Mountain Moral Monday spokesperson and member of Save Our Water WNC. “This event will give people in our part of the state a chance to stand up for justice, democracy and moderation.”

Since April, 821 people have been arrested in the Raleigh “Moral Monday” demonstrations, including 68 people from WNC. Those 68 people will be honored at the event along with any others arrested for non-violent civil disobedience in the state capitol.

The Aug. 5 event will not involve civil disobedience. However, it will allow WNC residents to add their voices to the thousands of protesters who have joined Rev. Barber to bring national attention to the draconian laws being passed by the current state legislature. Ideological radicals have reversed years of progress in education, health care, voting rights, women’s rights, racial justice, environmental protection, and local decision-making.

In our part of the state, legislators associated with the pro-privatization, pro-corporatization group ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) took the shocking step of having the state seize Asheville’s award-winning public water system without compensation. Locals fear this is the first step in privatizing one of the purest watersheds in the country.

“I’ve never been in trouble a day in my life,” said Heather Rayburn, a Buncombe County native arrested for non-violent civil disobedience on July 15. “But policies are being made behind closed doors with no public process – policies that will do irreparable harm to our state. Policies are being passed that will mean the difference between life and death to real people. I had to stand up.”

Any organization, including non-profits and worship communities, wishing to endorse the Mountain Moral Monday should contact us at [email protected].

And here’s a good story by Slate that offers a deeper look at the Moral Monday protests.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. Heather Rayburn July 23, 2013

    Hi Everyone,
    I just want to let you know that the post above did not come from Mountain Moral Monday organizers. The Aug. 5 event is non-partisan, and you can read the press release about the event on our webpage. Thanks, Heather

    1. Jason Sandford July 24, 2013

      Thanks for your note, Heather. I replaced the original post with your group’s press release.

    2. Shorty July 24, 2013

      Non-partisan. Now THAT’S funny.

  2. Shorty July 20, 2013

    They are off to a good start. Be patient. It’s going to take them awhile to fix the mess created by 100+ years of democrat rule and stupidity.

    1. hauntedheadnc July 24, 2013

      How can you say that with a straight face when just about every major media outlet in the nation has done a story on how this state is in decline?

  3. Laura July 19, 2013

    Exactly how are the voter ID laws racist? They’re just preventing illegals from voting – if you are white, black, Asian, Hispanic or other, and have a driver’s license or state issued ID card, then you are more than welcome to vote.

    1. Murphy July 21, 2013

      What on earth would compel an “illegal” to fraudulently vote …

      what do they have to gain … what purpose would their vote have … why would they bother: for the “thrill of the crime?”

      If “illegals” were fired up to vote; I understand fake ID’s a quite easy to obtain – in fact if these “illegals” are so nefarious as to vote illegally, they probably already have “papers” that would pass at the polls to start with.

      Study after study after investigation have produced no results that “individual widespread” voter fraud exists in this Country …

      more often than not, the “fraud” is perpetrated by legally registered voters on behalf of the political party with which they are affiliated …

      Do a little research – you seem to have a moderate grasp on how to use the internets.

  4. Bill Chase July 19, 2013

    What time?

    I’ll be there.

    1. Kim Roney July 19, 2013

      The facebook event says 5-7pm


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