HKONJ Movement in North Carolina Pushes On, Strong
HKONJ — Historic Thousands On Jones Street — is a North Carolina movement that has transcended the Mondays of the Tar Heel state’s Moral Mondays marches in the state capital of Raleigh. The progressive organization makes this purple state more active than its blue peers, adding to the breadth of the Moral Mondays movement with specific, targeted actions. On Thursday, May 7, HKONJ will be protesting outside (and doing something inside) the O.J. Miller Auditorium in Charlotte as Duke Energy holds its annual meeting, drawing attention to the ways that Duke Energy makes the economy unfair and makes environmental quality dubious. On the very same day, HKONJ will make its presence known in a march on Winston-Salem, pressuring the tobacco corporation Reynolds to treat its workers more like human beings. On June 1, a march from North Carolina to Washington DC commences in order to bring attention to the problem of crumbling rural hospital infrastructure and the very real threat to the health of the rural poor should those hospitals be shut down.
A thousand miles away, I send a message of respect and admiration. If you’re living in North Carolina yourself, you can do more than admire the gumption of these activists. Put your body in the protest. Be there.