Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is national president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach. His latest book is The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear. Follow him on Twitter: @RevDrBarber

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018
We Have Movement Work To Do
Elections are not how we change history. But they are a big part of how we—social movements, poor and disenfranchised and marginalized people, communities of color—engage with power. So when we win electoral victories, it matters. A lot. It's not because of which party wins, which state turns from...
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Bev Jackson signs up volunteers for door-to-door campaigning outside of the event featuring Oprah Winfrey and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams at the Cobb Civic Center on Nov. 1, 2018 in Marietta, Georgia. (Photo:Jessica McGowan / Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 05, 2018
Trump's Racism Can't Win Elections. Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression Can.
President Donald Trump didn’t create our crisis of confidence in one another; he capitalized on it. And now he is appealing to what he assumes are Americans' crass selfishness and greed as he touts the state of the economy and the gains in the stock market at small-scale reenactments of his 2016...
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Monday, May 28, 2018
The Best Way to Honor Our Vets and Protect Americans? End the Wars
Millions of Americans will spend Memorial Day at community picnics, family barbecues, or local parades. “Thank you for your service” will be a ubiquitous phrase. Despite that annual refrain, we’re very far from honoring our veterans. Though drone strikes and bombing campaigns have reduced casualty...
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The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis visited with individuals and families at the US/Mexico Border as a part of The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival on October 23, 2017. Views
Friday, December 29, 2017
We Need A Moral Movement
This was a landmark year for building a national moral movement in the United States, both in terms of the challenges we faced and the victories we achieved. In our travels to more than 32 states, we bore personal witness to the extreme poverty and systemic inequality that plague the world’s...
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Friday, December 08, 2017
Open Letter From Moral Activists To Senator Mitch McConnell In Regards To Tax Reform
To Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: The U.S. Senate and House have passed tax legislation that, if given final approval, would amount to one of the most immoral laws in our nation’s history. As this legislation heads to a final vote in Congress, the country’s poor and disenfranchised, along...
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Monday, July 17, 2017
Now Is The Time For Prophetic Moral Action
On Thursday, July 13 th , Senate Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the latest version of his last ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, whatever the cost. In obedience to Jeremiah 22, which says that God’s messengers must go to the seat of power and challenge the abuse of power, I led a...
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
America Needs a New Poor People’s Campaign
In a spectacle of religious hypocrisy last week, preachers who say so much about what God says so little — and so little about what God says so much — stood in the Rose Garden as a backdrop for President Donald Trump’s executive order on “religious liberty.” As they celebrated this administration’s...
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Thursday, February 09, 2017
The Silencing of Coretta Scott King Is an Act of Systemic Racism
O n Tuesday night, during debate about the nomination of Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Republican extremists silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren as she was discussing Sessions’s record. They did not object to the facts she cited. They refused to hear them. This is what systemic racism looks...
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
8 Reasons The Senate Must Reject Jeff Sessions
On Capitol Hill today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding confirmation hearings to consider the first of Donald Trump’s cabinet nominations, Sen. Jefferson B. Sessions of Alabama. 26 years ago, this same committee denied Sessions a recommendation for the federal bench. “Most of Reagan’s...
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Friday, December 30, 2016
A Call For The Economic Boycott Of North Carolina
In recent years, the Republican leadership in the state of North Carolina has built a worldwide reputation for intolerance and bigoted narrow-mindedness. Since its recent loss of the governorship, however, the General Assembly has completely upended the democratic process and engaged in nothing...
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