Anti-segregation march planned for Raleigh

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Raleigh, N.C., will be the site of a major march on Saturday, Feb. 12, against tea party and Republican efforts to re-segregate area schools.

By a 5-4 vote, the GOP majority on the Wake County school board voted last year to establish "neighborhood" schools, overturning long-standing integrated schools that are considered among the best in the country.

The march, entitled "HKonJ," (historic thousands on Jones Street) is being led by NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP North Carolina State Conference President Reverend William J. Barber II and a coalition of over 200 organizations.

Quality education is seen by the organizers as linked to other issues, with the groups calling for "a broad, 14-point People's Agenda - for diverse schools, affordable housing, worker fairness, voting rights, equal justice and more. Groups that have signed on as officials supporters include the AARP of North Carolina, the AFL-CIO and labor groups, various churches and religious groups, Common Cause and the YWCA of the Greater Triangle."

Addressing the need to link issues, Benjamin Jealous said, "We cannot in good moral conscience separate the struggle for diverse and superior education from the struggle for jobs and economic solutions. We've got to fight for our children, for good schools, for good jobs and for a great future for all people in our nation."

In addition to "street heat," legal action is being taken as well, writes the LA Times: "The North Carolina NAACP filed a civil rights complaint, triggering an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education. A national accreditation firm is investigating too, warning that the acrimony could threaten quality education."

The struggle in Raleigh is being watched across the country as other tea party-led groups prepare re-segregation efforts.

The Republican majority on the school board was elected in 2008 on a platform to end "forced" busing.

The march will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Shaw University. Demonstrators will converge on the state legislature building.

Marchers have established a website. The theme of the march is "forward ever, backward never."

Image: Viktor Nagornyy // CC BY 2.0

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  • One would think that this battle would be over by now. The Republicans constantly show their true intentions. They would turn the clock back 100 years. Nothing less seems to satisfy them.

    Posted by Ronald Humphrey, 02/10/2011 12:34pm (3 years ago)

  • Rekindling images of the famous Greensboro Four,the sixties and the wildfire of the Civil Rights revolution which changed the South and North forever,from there to Nashville,then Richmond,and so on,this movement to check and revive human rights,turn back the Tea Partiers is of prime importance.
    Although as critical as civil rights were to the life blood of the country,in its day,the fight to stale and eliminate the thrust of the extreme right Tea Partiers and win control of taxation,jobs,transportation and communication,but especially public education,for all Americans,is crucial,today.
    Let us identify the crucial,cardinal nature of this struggle,now. Not only what it is,but what it could and should be,following,the traditions of our best working class warriors.
    The massive,public popular organizations involved in this march indicate its vast potential.
    As Ben Jealous urges,let's interconnect issues of jobs with issues of quality,21st century education for all those who seek training and education.
    This movement has almost unlimited potential.

    Posted by peaceapplause, 02/09/2011 9:39am (3 years ago)

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