An authentic and powerful movement in America is organizing in the halls of state legislative buildings where concerned citizens are unifying across the barriers of age, skin color, and political party. Fueled mostly by dissatisfaction with the 2020 election, activists are learning to be more skilled in civics. Mostly they say they are worried about losing their civil rights to what oftentimes feels like a foreign power, led by a president they say does not feel legitimate.
“I am learning as I go. After I was arrested for going into my business just one year ago, I realized how much I needed to learn and how much I wanted to teach. We have to get people active in the government process,” Matt “Jax” Myers told me on Tuesday. Myers has held many successful days of action downtown Raleigh over the last year since his arrest, leading people into the General Assembly building in Raleigh North Carolina, and helping them get comfortable being an activist.
Myers grew to national fame in 2020 after being arrested at the direction of Democrat Governor Roy Cooper, after appearing at a legislative day of action, for simply walking into his business, a tattoo shop in Apex, North Carolina. His story went viral and he made appearances on the Dan Bongino show and other conservative media outlets.
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Myers, after that, went from getting arrested to someone who talked to state leaders about small business and activism, as he learned the power of the individual in the political process.
That is the power of activism.
— Jax Myers (@Unaltered1776) May 19, 2020
Today, “Jax” has expanded his activism to a podcast to encourage others to get active. His show is titled Unaltered 1776, below he interviews a former teacher about her point of view about what she calls a “Marxist system in Critical Race Theory.” The two met at an NC day of legislative action.
Linda Harper was armed with a White Paper with her research on Critical Race Theory, citing North Carolina’s own Duke University’s admission that Critical Race Theory is, in fact, “Marxist”.
She and Myers talked about the Marxist manifesto and their concerns about how Critical Race Theory would changes schools and society.
“That goes against our civil rights,” Harper said. “Teachers should not be forced into this either.”
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— Jax Myers (@Unaltered1776) May 5, 2021
Critical Race Theory, Elections, and Vaccine Passports are on the minds of citizens and activists in North Carolina, and groups of citizens are organizing to let their state lawmakers know about it.
Watch for them to focus on Critical Race Theory in the days to come.
From this Tuesday’s Day of Action, in another part of the building from where Harper and Myers were, a group gathered to hear an NC Rep talk about his bill that was inspired by NC activist’s concerns:
“This bill is about defending your freedom to make that decision for yourself. It’s about telling businesses that they don’t have the right to discriminate against you if you do not get the shot,” North Carolina representative Larry Pitman said to a crowd of about 400 people on Tuesday at a legislative event meant to help North Carolinians get comfortable talking to their state legislators.
“It’s nothing other than a civil rights issue,” said Stephanie Parsons, a concerned citizen who participated in the rally said. Parsons is mostly concerned about Democrat Governor Roy Cooper, who rumor has it will try to implement vaccine passports this week, and claims her son became ill after receiving required childhood vaccinations.
“This is no different, when you say no mask, no service? It’s no different from no vax no service, no different than no whites no service, no different from no Blacks no service, no different from no trans no service. It’s the same thing,” she said. “It’s discrimination! Not only that, they put the non masked people on one side, they put the masked people on another side. This is no different than the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is a law that protects all of us and our liberties. I’m a mother of a child that was vaccine injured,” Parsons said to the crowd.
LEGISLATIVE ACTION IS ONGOING IN RALEIGH
Tuesday’s organizers urged participants to communicate their concerns to lawmakers electronically and, if possible, face-to-face. A group known as Liberty First Grassroots will organize another day of action on May 11, at the same legislative building.
The group’s purpose is a focus on state bills and the legislative calendar. Days of Action, according to founder Sue Butcher, in general, is to have a presence at the General Assembly and to be there to encourage new people to simply get started in activism to protect their rights, and at least “get through the door of the legislative building”.
“We have to start with the smallest step. We need people to get involved with the process and sometimes it is overwhelming, so we say come with us next Tuesday and we will all go in together,” she said.
The group hopes to appeal to families by offering educational speakers and materials about the process of bills in North Carolina. They will be joined by a coalition of other groups who work with concerned citizens.
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Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776