we must do M.O.r.e. tour
Report Back - October 5, 2019
This week the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival’s “We Must Do M.O.R.E.” Tour came home to North Carolina, where the Forward Together Moral Monday Movement began six years ago.
Just three months ago, Trump supporters chanted “Send her back!” about Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in Greenville, North Carolina. This week, Franklin Graham brought his pro-Trump “Decision America” tour here to fan the flames of fear with a false moral narrative of religious nationalism. But we joined the Coalition Against Racism (CAR) in Greenville to canvass the Sterling Point neighborhood, a community where black people displaced by gentrification and policy violence have recently relocated.
One resident, Bryant, said he was all for a movement led by poor people. Most pressing for him is the way our current system punishes former felons and keeps them from getting good jobs after coming home from prison. Bryant called the political powers in place now the “Triple Stages of Darkness,” because they are Deaf, Dumb, and Blind to the facts.
On Saturday night in Greenville, we came together for a special screening of the Aretha Franklin film “Amazing Grace.” Then, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Greensboro Massacre, we traveled to Greensboro for a Moral Monday march and mass meeting, where we were joined by survivors of the Greensboro Massacre, the Rev. Nelson and Joyce Johnson, founders of the Beloved Community Center, and Roz Pelles, Vice President at Repairers of the Breach.
Hundreds gathered to march and rally in Shiloh Baptist Church, and while we were livestreaming to thousands online, MSNBC was also there to cover the evening.
Our message is getting out across the country. We will be in Maine and New Hampshire this coming week. Please invite your friends in those states to join us in person and plan now to participate via livestream next Thursday and Friday night!
We need your support to send a message to the nation: We are not of those who shrink back out of fear or intimidation. No, we are those who press forward unto the salvation of the soul. We are fighting for the heart and soul of this nation.