A lot of us are concerned about the direction that our country is going. The leadership seems more proficient at division and fear, than love and concern. The leadership seems focused on upsetting the status quo, and not worrying much about what gets broken, or who suffers, as a result. The leadership wants to “make America great” by scapegoating those who are “other.”
The Forward Together Moral Movement and its founder, Rev. William Barber II, shares those concerns, and has been working to build a coalition to put forward moral issues like these in the forefront of political discussion. This coalition is wide ranging, and ecumenical, and is focused on love, not hate.
At least 26 of us traveled to Raleigh last Saturday to participate in the 2017 Moral March, also known as HKOJ (Historic Thousands On Jones St.) It’s hard to guess crowd sizes, but it is a safe bet that there were more than 20,000 people there, with a wide range of interests and concerns.
We were proud to have made the journey to stand in solidarity and to be counted along with our brothers and sisters concerned about injustice on the basis of race, religion, national origin, economic class, gender, or sexual orientation.
It will take more than marching to bring love to the oppressed and justice for all, but it’s a start.
Here’s Rev. Barber’s inspirational sermon:
Here’s a part that I found particularly touching:
But my momma’s here… eighty three years old…
She had me, two days after the March on Washington…
She said, I never thought I would have a baby,
that when he was fifty years old, he’d still be fighting,
some of the battles that I fought…
But she said, Boyyyyyyy you’d better Fight!
You’d Better Fight!
‘Cause Bowing Down Is Not An Option!
The weather was good, spirits were high, and everyone seemed to feel like the effort to stand up and take part was worth it.
As you can imagine, there’s a lot of work that goes into an expedition of this size. I’d like to thank Eve and Steve Andrews, Judy and Terry Lovelace, Elizabeth Corney, and Drew McCarthy for all their hard work. And many of you made contributions too, from camp chairs to financial resources. Special thanks to all of you who marched, too!