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Originally published: 2013-12-23 14:59:08
Last modified: 2013-12-23 14:59:53

Moral Monday 'Service of Redemption' observed locally

by Anna Oakes

The Forward Together - Watauga County group will host an event in Boone Monday coinciding with a demonstration in Raleigh protesting state actions rejecting Medicaid expansion and reducing unemployment benefits.

The local event will be held at the Watauga County Public Library conference room beginning at 3:45 p.m., with a live video of the Raleigh demonstration to be shown beginning at 4 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a plate of cookies to share -- a reference to Gov. Pat McCrory's delivery of cookies to women's rights protestors earlier this year, a gesture many viewed as an insult, according to media reports.

"Our cookies are a symbol of hope and justice for all of the people of North Carolina," said a statement from Forward Together - Watauga County.

The Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP and founder of the Forward Together/Moral Mondays movement, and other groups called on Gov. Pat McCrory to hold a special session of the N.C. General Assembly to rescind the actions to prevent Medicaid expansion and to reduce unemployment benefits by Dec. 20.

The Dec. 23 Moral Mondays demonstration in Raleigh Dec. 23 was planned to either celebrate or further protest state actions in response, Barber said.

The event at the library will also include an update on the formation of a Watauga County branch of the N.C. NAACP.

For more information, contact Marg McKinney at (