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NORTH CAROLINA NAACP TO LEAD THOUSANDS IN RALEIGH TO DEMAND JOBS, FOCUS ON EDUCATION, FIGHT RESEGREGATION
NATIONAL NAACP PRESIDENT BEN JEALOUS TO ADDRESS JOBS CRISIS, FAILING SCHOOLS VIA SPECIAL MESSAGE
Raleigh, NC –Thousands are expected to meet at Shaw University on Saturday, February 27 andmarch to the State Legislature on Jones Street to protestthe re-segregation of public schools, call for education instead of imprisonment, and demand good jobs and schools. The 4th Annual HKonJ (Historic Thousands on Jones Street) March and Assembly has adopted the slogan of the 50th Anniversary of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in honor of spirit of the SNCC movement an in light of a need for movement today. Only 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ella Baker helped Black and White students form SNCC, there is today a similar explosion among our young people of long-simmering frustrations.
“This is one of the most exciting movements I’ve seen across the country,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “The agenda-based coalition, led by the NAACP State Conference, should be replicated across the country. We cannot in good moral conscience separate the struggle for diverse and superior education from the struggle for jobs and economic solutions.”
“On one hand, we must expose that the ultra right wing race baiting re-segregation strategy is a cynical attempt to play upon people’s vulnerability to division as they struggle for jobs,” said North Carolina NAACP State Conference President Rev. William J. Barber II. “On the other hand, we must demand recognition that the economic crisis in the African American and poor communities existed before recent crisis was acknowledge by the larger society and must be addressed.”
WHO: North Carolina civil rights and civic leaders, Special Audio Message from NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous
WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2010, 9:30am – 12 noon
9:30am Gather Shaw University, Estey Hall March to
11:00am Rally at 16 W. Jones St (downtown Raleigh)
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.
HISTORIC THOUSANDS ON JONES STREET PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY
RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY, FEB 27TH
NATIONAL NAACP PRES. BEN JEALOUS AND N.C. PRESIDENT REV. DR. WILLIAM J. BARBER, II
WILL MEET WITH THE MEDIA ON SATURDAY MORNING
FEBRUARY 13TH AT 10:45 AM
AT SHAW UNIVERSITY'S ESTEY HALL
FOR OUR CHILDREN:
WE MUST SAY NEVER AGAIN
WE DEMAND MORE EDUCATION, BETTER, DIVERSE SCHOOLS,
MORE ECONOMIC INVESTMENT, GOOD JOBS AND LESS PRISON
WE WANT JUSTICE ON THE GROUND!
Durham, NC) National NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous and N.C. NAACP President William J. Barber will conduct a statewide press conference in Estey Hall on the campus of Shaw University on Saturday, February 13 at 10:45am following their meeting with representatives of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HK on J) Coalition and area NAACP adult and youth presidents.
HKon J Coalition leaders held a 45-minute conference call today for thoughtful assessment of the weather conditions predicted for southern North Carolina tomorrow morning. The new date for HK on J will be Saturday, February 27 using the same schedule. Rev. Barber said, “We considered the strong momentum and excitement across the State for tomorrow's Assembly. There are more buses rented, more car pools organized, and more young people mobilizing than ever before. The right wing's attack on diverse schools, their obstructionist tactics towards a good jobs program, and their impediments to economic investment in the most vulnerable communities has aroused people of good will across the state. But we also considered our elders, our children, our people with special needs, the threat of icy roads in the morning, and the people driving from Wilmington and other southern areas where snow is predicted. After a thoughtful discussion, we decided to postpone HKon J for two weeks, so all our people can come safely. We will use the two weeks to fill more buses, and build the momentum of the HK on J movement here and across the South. We encourage all North Carolinians to save the date and join us in Raleigh then.”
Presidents Jealous and Barber will meet with the HKonJ coalition leaders and then hold a news conference at 10:45 tomorrow morning, February 13th, at Shaw, the site of SNCC's 50th Anniversary in mid-April of this year. Jealous is fresh from a meeting with President Obama at the White House this week, where they discussed the depression-sized unemployment rates for minorities, in relation to Obama's proposed Jobs Program. Barber will update the media about the heated struggle against resegregating the public schools in North Carolina, in Wake, Wayne, Wilmington, and Charlotte and a call to the Governor to convene a NC Jobs Summit.
“HK on J” is the annual March and People’s Assembly that is held on the second weekend in February in commemoration of the founding of the NAACP. Thousands gather in Raleigh to present the Coalition's 14-point Agenda in front of the NC Legislative Building on Jones Street. Organizers include the State NAACP, and the HK on J Coalition Partners which consists of more than 85 social justice and civil rights organizations throughout the state.
'We' Is the most important word in the social justice vocabulary. The issue is not what we can't do, but what we CAN do when we stand together. With an upsurge in racism/hate crimes, criminalization of young black males, insensitivity to the poor, educational genocide, and the moral/economic cost of a war, we must STAND together now like never before.'