Barber visits Asheville to ‘re-energize’ progressives after election defeat

“Forward together, not one step back!” — Rev. William Barber, Aug. 5 Mountain Moral Monday photo courtesy of the UCC Church

Barely a week after Democratic candidates suffered a statewide beating at the polls, Moral Monday leader Rev. William Barber will deliver a Nov. 13 pep talk to progressives in Asheville.

Organizers of the event are touting it as an opportunity to “re-energize as Dr. Barber contextualizes the recent election,” according to a Facebook post promoting the speech. They also write that Barber, who heads the North Carolina NAACP, will outline the next steps for the “Forward Together Movement,” which included a campaign from several local organizations this year to rally progressives to the polls.

Although Democrats swept races in Buncombe County, statewide the GOP maintained supermajorities in the General Assembly and toppled Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.

Organizers say the Nov. 13 event is nonpartisan and the Forward Together Movement is “not bound by any political party, and can work with anyone who is serious about moving our state forward and not backwards.” In the Facebook post they urge people to attend to “support and celebrate the victories here in Buncombe and to reflect on the changes that did not happen.”

Barber will speak at the First Congregational Unitarian United Church of Christ in downtown Asheville at 20 Oak Street. The event begins at 5 p.m.

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4 thoughts on “Barber visits Asheville to ‘re-energize’ progressives after election defeat

  1. Jim

    LOL. Communist, oops excuse me Progressives don’t have a problem with getting their message out. It’s that their message is being discovered for what it really is. Lies. From the ACA to voter “suppression”, to the war on women. It’s a message aimed squarely at the masses who are least informed easily manipulated. When the cronies up top admit that the American voter is ignorant and twisting words is how legislation is passed. Or the queen of scumbags Pelosi has the gall to call out for passage of bills without debate or even informing the citizens of what’s within in even though it has a huge impact on those that PAY taxes, you have some serious issues that even this greaseball race baiting tool can’t overcome. The biggest one of all is you have to LIE and cover up what your agenda really represents.

  2. What’s so funny? The changes that Progressives want would help you and your miserable life substantially. Hey “genius”, try looking up the definition of just what a “Communist” is in the dictionary and throughout history as your ignorance of it is glaringly obvious in this public forum.

    But then again, how can a person see clearly when they have so much hate and rage for others in their heart?

    Evolve, little man.

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