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.