Good news: Moral Monday is back
My other feel-good story comes from North Carolina, where Moral Monday is back.
I've mentioned this three or four times, the first time last summer. The capitol grounds in Raleigh became the site of weekly protests and nonviolent civil disobedience on a variety of topics ranging from Medicaid expansion and unemployment benefits through natural gas drilling and school vouchers to voting rights and abortion rights. Depending on the topic and the weather, crowds numbered from dozens to thousands.
The marches were suspended for a while when the legislature was not in session.
But now they are back. And back big. A rally to mark the anniversary of one of the founding actions of the civil rights era, the day when four black college students sat down at a "whites only" counter in a Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina and ordered coffee, drew an estimated 80,000-100,000 people. It was the largest civil rights rally in the South since the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.
The fact that people are carrying it on, carrying it on in places like Wisconsin and North Carolina where they have have to absorb so many body blows over the past several years, absorbing the blows and even fighting back, it makes me feel good and it keeps my hope up. It's good news.