#OurTimeOurVote Souls to the Polls Training

The North Carolina NAACP and Democracy North Carolina invite your faith center to join hundreds of others across North Carolina in an unprecedented faith-based, non-partisan Souls to the Polls voter engagement campaign as part of the state-wide It's Our Time, It's Our Vote GOTV campaign in 2016. At 1:30 p.m. on February 13th, following the Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People's Assembly, we will train people on how to become "Faith Ambassadors" and lead voter registration, education, mobilization, and protection campaigns in their faith centers. You will be sent the training location after you register. It will be in walking distance from the Moral March on Raleigh.

Souls to the Polls Training Registration

If you are not a member of a faith community, but still want to get involved with the It's Our Time, It's Our Vote campaign in your community, email forwardtogether@naacpnc.org and we will connect you with your local GOTV committee. Write "Our Time Our Vote" in the email subject line. 

If you are a part of a faith community that cannot attend the training on February 13th but still want to join the Souls to the Polls campaign, click here.


A Weekend of Activities

There will be a number of activities that you can participate in from February 12th to 14th!

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement Book Launch
Rev. Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove will be interviewed by NPR's Frank Stasio live about their new book followed by a Q&A with the audience. The event will be filmed live on CSPAN.
5:00 p.m.
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church | 1801 Hillsborough Rd. Raleigh, NC

Mass Meeting & Worship Service

Rabbi Fred Guttman will be the keynote speaker.
7:00 p.m.
1st Baptist Church, 101 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Shabbat Worship Service
8:15 a.m.
Shaw University Chapel | S. Wilmington St. across from Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh

Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People's Assembly
2 E. South St. Raleigh, NC
9:00 AM | Opening Rally Begins
10:00 AM | March Begins
12:30 PM | People's Assembly Ends

Souls to the Polls Get-Out-The-Vote Training
Following the Moral March on Raleigh, there will be a Souls to the Polls training about how faith communities can register, educate, and mobilize their congregations and communities to the polls. Click here to register

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Do you love voting? Be a Valentine's Day volunteer with the Raleigh/Apex NAACP and register voters in Raleigh and Wake County on Sunday afternoon. If you are interested in participating, email Political Action Chair Barbara Smalley-McMahan at blsmcmahan@nc.rr.com. Write "Valentine's Day Volunteer" in the email subject line.


Closing Arguments of Voter ID Trial

The closing arguments of the NC NAACP v. McCrory trial covering the Voter ID portion of the voter suppression law will happen tomorrow, Monday, February 1st. Please join us in Winston-Salem! The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. but you can show up late. Closing arguments will probably begin in the early afternoon.

US Federal Court 
251 N Main St. Winston-Salem, NC

No electronics are allowed in the Federal Court building so make sure you leave your phone in your car. You will also be asked to show ID before you enter the building. 


Become a #MoralMarch Volunteer

The 10th annual Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People's Assembly on February 13th is right around the corner and we need A LOT of volunteers to pull it off. If you want to help make this the most successful Moral March yet, please review the below volunteer opportunities.

1) Throughout next week and on Saturday 2/6/16, volunteer flyering teams will be distributing Moral March flyers in big cities across the state helping spread the word about this historic event from coffee shops to laundromats, beauty parlors to bus stations. We are using every tool in our toolbox to make sure everyone knows that all roads lead to Raleigh on February 13th. If you would like to join a local flyering team to help put up flyers in a city near you, click here.

2) On February 13th, we need people to play a number of volunteer roles including marshaling, placard/sign distribution, social media volunteers, and more. If you would like to help volunteer during the Moral March, click here.

3) If you are a young person (broadly speaking), you can join the #JusticeLeague to lead the march and help distribute voter guides and voter pledges at the end of the march. Click here to sign up!

4) If you live in the Triangle area and want to become an office volunteer to help phone bank, do data entry, and provide general assistance leading up to the Moral March on Raleigh and during the It's Our Time, It's Our Vote GOTV campaign, click here.


1st Annual Quarterly Issues Forum

Our Voting Rights At Risk | The High Stakes of the 2016 Election Cycle

The NC NAACP and Forward Together Movement is kicking off an issues forum series to bring together scholars, critical thinkers, activists, and community members to discuss and explore solutions to issues affecting the political and economic progress of ethnic minorities and poor communities in North Carolina and beyond.

We will kick off this series with "Our Voting Rights at Risk: The High Stakes of the 2016 Election Cycle" at NCCU School of Law, 640 Nelson St., Durham, NC. You can RSVP on Facebook by clicking here.


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The Fight for Voting Rights Continues

We Fight in the Courts, in the Streets, & at the Ballot Box

North Carolina is ground zero for the fight for voting rights in the United States. House Bill 589, the monster voter suppression law passed in 2013, is the first and the worst voter suppression law since the 2013 Shelby v. Holder decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We have less voting rights today than we had in 1966. The people of North Carolina refuse to surrender the most fundamental right of a democracy: the right to vote.

We will fight in the courts. NC NAACP v. McCrory, our voter suppression lawsuit, will return to trial in January to hear the Voter ID portion of the case. Visit our website and our Facebook page for updates so you can join us in Winston-Salem to pack the courthouse and show the nation that HB 589 is NOT the will of the people.

We will fight in the streets. On Saturday, February 13th, we will hold the 10th annual Mass Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People's Assembly in downtown Raleigh. One month before the 2016 Primary and nine months before the General Election, we will hold the largest Get Out The Vote rally North Carolina has ever seen grounded in the voices of those who have been impacted by the extreme and immoral policies of the NC General Assembly. RSVP on Facebook and click here for updates on the Moral March.

We will fight at the ballot box. On December 1st, the NC NAACP, Democracy NC, faith leaders, and other coalition partners are launching the It's Our Time | It's Our Vote voter empowerment campaign. This long-term, issue-based, non-partisan voter registration, education, mobilization, and protection campaign will work across North Carolina and will build a foundation for meaningful participation in our Democracy long after 2016. To get involved in the It's Our Time campaign, click here.

Help us spread the word by using the hashtags #forwardtogther #itsourtime and #moralmarch. 


HKonJ Coalition Partner Retreat

All HKonJ Coalition Partners are invited to participate in the 10th Anniversary Retreat & Celebration where we will prepare for the Moral March on Raleigh and celebrate 10 years of fighting together and building a fusion movement.

We will gather in December 12, 2015 in Goldsboro from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. For more information or to RSVP, email Rev. Curtis Gatewood at curtis.gatewood@naacpnc.org. 


10th Annual Moral March on Raleigh!



America's Journey For Justice Comes to NC



From August 1 to September 16, America’s Journey for Justice–an historic 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, D.C.–will mobilize activists and advance a focused national advocacy agenda that protects the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education.

The march will enter North Carolina on August 29th. The route is 174 miles along HWY 1 through the state. Click here to register for the march.

Follow the journey on social media using #JusticeSummer and #JusticeNC.


Summer of Moral Resistance Schedule

April 29th | Moral Monday Reunites (on Wednesday) | NC General Assembly, Raleigh

May 4 | Chatham/Lee County Moral Monday | Sanford, NC

May 13 | Economic & Living Wages Moral Monday on Wednesday | NC General Assembly, Raleigh

May 18 | Pitt County Moral Monday | Greenville, NC

May 27 | Healthcare & Environmental Justice Moral Monday on Wednesday | NC General Assembly, Raleigh

June 1 | Mecklenburg County Moral Monday | Charlotte, NC

June 10 | Women's Rights Moral Monday on Wednesday | NC General Assembly, Raleigh

June 15 | Wayne County Moral Monday | Goldsboro, NC

June 17 | Voting Rights Moral Monday on Wednesday | NC General Assembly, Raleigh

June 24 | Equal Protection Under the Law Moral Monday on Wednesday | NC General Assembly, Raleigh

July 12 | Voting Rights Mass Meeting and Fellowship Gathering | Winston-Salem, NC

July 13 | Voting Rights March | Winston-Salem, NC

**This list is not comprehensive. We will notify supporters of additional Forward Together Moral Movement actions through our Facebook page, website, and email list.