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The Third Reconstruction: Moral fusion politics & working for justice

Acting in Faith  |  By Rev. Dr. William Barber, II, Mar 25, 2016
Rev. Barber preaches to the AFSC Corporation meeting

Rev. Barber preaches to the AFSC Corporation meeting

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Rev. Dr. William Barber, II addressed the AFSC Corporation Meeting on March 3rd, 2016. He spoke about the legacy of Quaker history, the Forward Together Moral Mondays movement, and how to create deep change through moral fusion politics, bringing people together to overcome the forces of resistance to build the Third Reconstruction. Watch the full talk here. Videography by Alex Wiles. - Lucy

Bayard Rustin and a few other Quaker prophets: Rev. Barber recounted moments of courage in action among Friends.

The Third Reconstruction: In this excerpt, Rev. Barber talks about his sense that we are in the midst of the Third Reconstruction where people of many faiths and none, across race and ethnicity, across gender identity, across sexual orientation, across class lines are working together for a deep moral change, and how the resistance to that change has worked in the past and is working currently to stop this movement of the Spirit.

Getting above the snake line: Rev. Barber talks about taking the moral high ground in order to transcend and work against the huge forces opposed to socio-political transformation. This excerpt of this talk is followed by a song sung by Rev. Gladwyn Uzzell.

Watch the full hour and 53 minute talk above, published by PhillyCam.

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About the Author

In opposition to regressive policies pushed by the governor and state legislature including draconian cuts to Medicaid, unemployment benefits, and public education funding, Dr. Barber has mobilized the Forward Together Moral Monday Movement, a multi-racial, multi-generational movement of thousands for protests at the NC General Assembly the people’s house, and around the state. Hundreds, including Dr. Barber himself, have also engaged in non-violent civil disobedience to expose what the politicians in North Carolina are trying to do in the dark.

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Lucy Duncan works with other AFSC staff to foster strong relationships between AFSC and Quakers.

Lucy is AFSC’s Director of Friends Relations. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. She attends Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery.

Sophia is the Friends Relations Fellow this year who works closely with Lucy. She is a recent graduate of Guilford College where she majored in Sustainable Food Systems and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies.