Moral Mondays

The NAACP in North Carolina started the Moral Monday Movement last year in response to the legislature and the redistricting that caused our legislature to be dominated by republicans. The NAACP knew what the policy impacts might be as a result of that. They started organizing people to respond to the policies that the legislators were proposing and putting into law.

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Michelle Johnson
Why Soul Care Matters

Last Friday night I sat in a circle of women gathered together for a weekend workshop on yoga and activism. One by one, we introduced ourselves. My first words into the group space were tearful, tentative, and jumbled (crying on day one of anything is good, right?). My forays into activism in the past, while impassioned and honest, had been isolating and unsustainable.

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Five Orange County elected officials arrested at Monday protest

CHAPEL HILL — A Carrboro alderwoman hopes five Orange County officials’ arrests at the General Assembly this week encourages other local government leaders to take a stand.

“I would love for other elected officials across the state to be inspired to speak out about how business is being run in Raleigh and about some of the bills that have been put forward,” Alderwoman Michelle Johnson said Tuesday.

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Michelle Johnson
Healing with Yoga

In January, Michelle Johnson found herself in an unlikely place – in Kenya, crossing a stream that reeked of raw sewage and trash, to join villagers convening in an open field to participate in a yoga class.

Two years prior to this moment, Johnson, a member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, had seen a three-minute video sent out by Lori Burgwyn of Franklin Street Yoga that convinced her to go to Africa and become an ambassador for the Africa Yoga Project.

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Getting to Know Michelle Johnson

I first met Michelle Johnson at a vinyasa teacher training intensive last November in Savannah GA. During this training I had the opportunity to work with Michelle in small groups and in a one-on-one teaching scenario. When I think back to my time in training with Michelle one word continues to flood my mind, strength.

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