Rev. Dr. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP, arrived early to the fight to defeat Amendment One, the proposed state constitutional ban on marriage equality. He worked hard back in Sept. 2011 to avert its passage out of the legislature to the ballot.
He arrived early and he has stayed with the fight every step of the way. He has used his actual and bully pulpit to speak out on many occasions. He has stood with Amendment One opponents at rallies and events many times. Last week he taped a very powerful video message, seen above.
Thursday, the NAACP announced a statewide media campaign to “expose the truth” about Amendment One. Rev. Barber ties amendment proponents to the “same regressive, ultra-conservative Tea Party type folks” that have sought to roll back every progressive advance in education, voting and worker’s rights, and attempts to repeal the Racial Justice Act. These are, of course, progressive advances we all collectively cherish, but also ones of particular concern for communities of color.
Rev. Barber references the revelation of National Organization for Marriage’s abhorrent plan to drive a wedge between two key Democratic constituencies and says they “now somehow think the sons and daughters of the Civil Rights Movement cannot see through their Trojan Horse trick.”
The NC NAACP will be running radio spots, robocalls, newspaper ads, and using their grassroots network in 50 county branches to work to defeat Amendment One.
This is really and extraordinary investment by the organization and its leader, and very much appreciated. Press release after the fold.