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.
If re-segregation of schools begins to occur in Wake County after busing for racial, ethnic and economic balance ends, the NAACP and other groups may go to court to maintain the importance of diversity in schools.
That was the message NC NAACP President William Barber and more than 100 neighborhood activists gave to the newly elected Wake County school board members who will take office in December. Elected on a "neighborhood schools" platform, the new board members have vowed to end "forced busing." But Rev. Barber told the activists that putting students in high-poverty, segregated schools is "nothing more than a form of institutional child abuse." Read the story in The News and Observer. Read the full text of Rev. Barber's statement on his blog.
'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.'