Nation Must Look At North Carolina’s “Moral Mondays” To Fight Right Wing Surges, Say Robert Weiner And Bridget Mora In Michigan Chronicle
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However, the writers say that "North Carolinians have fought back." Weiner and Mora assert that North Carolinians have created "a national model." Specifically, Moral Mondays, started just a year ago by Rev.
Weiner and Mora contend that "many of the right wing bills come from ALEC (
Weiner and Mora argue that "Moral Monday organizers don't expect to change the minds of ALEC lawmakers; they work to change the landscape." They quote Rev. Barber, who said, "The people have moved. Now less than one in five North Carolinians agree with them. Moral Monday is more popular than them." They also cite
Weiner and Mora contend, "Parliamentary tricks can be overcome by voters who replace the legislators who took away their rights. People can resist efforts to suppress the vote and make it a point to turn out in large numbers, as
They point out that "voter turnout drops by a shocking 50 million in non-Presidential election years. The biggest drop-down is minorities, young people, and lower incomes—opening the door for a right wing takeover." To counter the apathy, they report that Moral Mondays are gearing up for a "mass voter mobilization campaign."
Weiner and Mora conclude, "In Michigan and across the nation, massive voter turnout in support of candidates who value people – not large corporations' profits – is the best hope to recapture rights, power, and policy."