Statement to the media in Raleigh, Feb. 9, 2008:
The language of our state’s constitution adopted after the Civil War is lofty and grand in its tone. It begins “We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for the preservation of the American Union and the existence of our civil, political, and religious liberties...”
Each state official has taken an oath to uphold the State Constitution. North Carolina’s founding principle was the people expressed in terms of “we.” Its moral framework was that the same God who calls us to do justice, love mercy, and care for the least of us was also the hand of
providence behind the formation of our state with the commitment to protect the civil, political, and religious rights of all our citizens.
HKonJ is once again calling upon us to remember and act upon these grand principles. While we have made progress, North Carolina is not yet fully upholding its founding principles.
Far too many of our children languish in poverty and are in schools that are underfunded and underperforming.
Many of our people are without health care or health insurance.
Many of our people are making minimum wage, not a living wage.
Large numbers of our people live in substandard, inhumane housing.