The “Historic Thousands on Jone’s St (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition” is made up of the more than 125 North Carolina NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters from across the state and members of over 200 other social justice organizations.
In December of 2006, under the leadership of HKonJ Convener, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, who also serves as the President of the NC NAACP State Conference, HKonJ held its first organizing meeting with a diverse group of some of the state’s best organizers, political scientists, lawyers, religious leaders, and activists. Less than two months later, the HKonJ Coalition kicked off its first annual “HKonJ People’s Assembly” in February of 2007 when thousands of supporters sanctioned and signed the coalition’s “HKonJ 14-Point People’s Agenda” (with detailed action steps). The HKonJ Coalition transformed the 14-Point People’s Agenda into comprehensive reform bills that have been introduced in legislative sessions.
HKonJ achievements include, but are not limited to successfully preventing the unconstitutional resegregation of Wake County Schools (the largest school system in NC); an increase in the minimum wage; successful passage of The Racial Justice Act; obtained Same Day voter registration and extended Early Voting; won Smithfield workers their right to unionize; helped to initiate groundwork for former Governor Perdue’s “Eugenics Compensation Program Bill.” After an avalanche of extreme and immoral policies passed during the 2013 Legislative Session, under the leadership of the NC NAACP, the HKonJ Coalition continued their work under the banner of the Forward Together Moral Movement and organized 13 Moral Mondays and over 25 local Moral Mondays across the state once the session ended. This nationally known movement has spread to dozens of states and has inspired people across the nation. The HKonJ Coalition has continued to hold Moral Monday mass demonstrations at the state capitol while also fighting extremist laws and legislators in the courts and at the ballot box. We successfully won three voting rights lawsuits that overturned key aspects of the 2013 voter suppression law and found both the congressional and state districts in North Carolina to be racially gerrymandered and unconstitutional.
THE HKONJ PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY COALITION GROWS:
HKonJ has become a fusion movement which works 365 days a year! The coalition began in 2006 with 16 organizations and now has over 200 partners.
The HKonJ Coalition holds an annual mobilization called the “Moral March on Raleigh & HKonJ People’s Assembly.” It has grown from approximately 3,500 attendees in 2007 to approximately 80,000 in 2014! Each year, on the 2nd Saturday in February, thousands of HKonJ marchers flood downtown Raleigh, NC where the “HKonJ People’s Assembly” convenes and ultimately marches to the North Carolina State Capitol.
HKONJ STANDS TO PROTECT “LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL”
At the NC Legislative Building, the HKonJ Coalition unites to visibly challenge the extremist attacks on voting rights, economic justice, public education, equal protection under the law, and more.
The HKonJ coalition pushes back against radical ultraconservative legislation which violates the rights of children, African Americans and other people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants, and other marginalized groups.
The nonpartisan HKonJ Coalition holds all lawmakers accountable to the 14-Point People’s Agenda, while rallying around the theme: “Forward together, not one step back!” The HKonJ Coalition transformed the 14-Point People’s Agenda into comprehensive reform bills that have been introduced in legislative sessions.