The Rev. William Barber, organizer of the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina, will speak at Wesley Center AME Zion Church in the Hill District on Saturday, June 28, 2014.
Barber, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, N.C., and president of the North Carolina NAACP, helped found the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina in 2013 to counteract efforts in his state to slash funding for education and unemployment, block Medicaid expansion and curb voting rights. The protests, which began in April 2013 when Barber organized a modest 100-person march to the state Capitol, have since given birth to a national movement against right-wing policies at the state level.
The United Steelworkers (USW), Fight Back Pittsburgh, the NAACP and a number of other Pittsburgh-area labor and community groups are sponsoring Barber’s visit.
The USW is the largest industrial union in North America, representing workers in a range of industries including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, oil refining, health care, security, hotels, and municipal governments and agencies.