Civil Disobedience

The State of Things
11:47 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Lawyer and Organizer Reflects On 50 Years Of Civil Rights Action



Al McSurely has spent more than five decades fighting racism, poverty and discrimination.

In the 1960s, he was arrested for sedition in Kentucky and then for Contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents to the McClellan Committee. His experience in the legal system led him to start law school at the age of 48. McSurely worked for many civil rights clients, including a landmark case on behalf of UNC housekeepers.

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Politics & Government
10:45 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Civitas’ Moral Monday Arrestee Database Elicits Critical Responses

The 'Pick the Protester Game' on the Civitas website.
Credit screen shot of Civitas website

The  Civitas Institute posted an online database of Moral Monday/Witness Wednesday arrestees yesterday on its website, prompting a flood of responses and online commentary. The database includes demographic breakdowns of 382 people by political affiliation, age, race, and employment, and even includes a “Pick The Protester Game" in which the user must match a piece of demographic information with one of three mugshots.

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The State of Things
1:53 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Moral Mondays: Modern Day Civil Disobedience In The State Capitol

A woman is arrested at the state capital as a part of a Moral Mondays protest.
Credit NAACP

If you've gone to the legislature these past four Mondays, you likely encountered a group of demonstrators singing, chanting, holding hands and raising signs. And a lot of them are getting arrested. Since April 29th, 153 people have been arrested at what the NAACP and other organizers are calling "Moral Mondays."

A panel of activist and scholars join host Frank Stasio for a conversation about Modern Day Civil Disobedience

A group of community members and scholars joined host Frank Stasio on WUNC's The State of Things to talk about the recent arrests, as well as the theory and history behind civil disobedience on a global scale.

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