Material Mondays: Groups Protesting NC Legislature have Received Over $100 Million in State Grants
William Barber, NC NAACP President, has acknowledged that “Moral Mondays” are not a “spontaneous action.” He said that the seeds of the recent protests were first sowed when he and others formed a coalition of liberal groups called Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ). In 2013, HKonJ became the coordinating umbrella organization for the groups protesting at Moral Mondays. But as I have noted, it might be more appropriate to call “Moral Mondays” – “Money Mondays.” Here’s why.
A Civitas study shows that HKonJ affiliated groups have received more than $100 million in direct state grants in recent years. These include $33 million for the Community Development Initiative, $20 million for the Minority Support Center, and $17.5 million for the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development.
The NC Civitas Foundation has made a PDF available detailing the direct grants and pass-through grants made to "HKonJ" organizations as well as one listing the top ten highest salaries at these taxpayer-subsidized organizations. You can download a copy here.
It's also worth a reminder that a leaked memo from the left-wing group Blueprint NC laid out a two-year vision they summed up as a plan to "Eviscerate, Mitigate, Litigate, Cogitate and Agitate." The political theatre in Raleigh has been right in line with that vision.