Moral Mondays

Politics & Government
10:22 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Wake County District Attorney To Dismiss Hundreds Of 'Moral Monday' Protest Cases

Raleigh's top prosecutor's says he'll dismiss hundreds of cases against people who were arrested for protesting at the state Capitol last year.
Credit NAACP

In the above interview, host Catherine Brand speaks with Capitol Reporter Jorge Valencia about Raleigh's top prosecutor's decision to dismiss hundreds of cases against people who were arrested for protesting at the state Capitol last year.

In talking about the decision, District Attorney Ned Mangum referenced a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a Massachusetts law limiting protests outside abortion clinics. He says the District and Superior courts in Wake County have cited the case to dismiss some protest cases here.

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Politics & Government
8:19 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Judge's Order Could Lead To Dismissal Of Cases Against Moral Monday Protesters

A Wake County judge is expected to issue an order that could lead to many cases against Moral Monday protesters being dismissed.
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A decision by a Wake County District Judge to dismiss the cases against five Moral Monday protesters could affect many more of them. Judge Joyce Hamilton came out of retirement to help decide many of the cases.

Last week, Hamilton considered a recent Supreme Court decision that prohibited Massachusetts from blocking protesters in a buffer zone around abortion clinics before making her decision.

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Politics & Government
9:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Protesters Would Not Leave Thom Tillis' Office Last Night; Here's What Happened, Hour By Hour

The scene in House Speaker Thom Thillis' office in the middle of the night.
Credit Jorge Valencia

Fourteen people were arrested overnight at the General Assembly after sitting in and demanding to speak with House Speaker Thom Tillis. They were there lobbying for more than 10 hours with organizers of the Moral Monday protests.

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Politics & Government
3:25 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

State Lawmakers Adopt New Rules Affecting Protesters

Credit Matthew Lenard

State legislators have redefined the rules laying out how people may gather in protest at the General Assembly.

They were approved by the Legislative Services Commission on Thursday. The measures are a rewrite of rules last changed in 1987. The updates prohibit activities that cause an "imminent disturbance," and they more clearly define what kinds of signs can be used.

Republican Tim Moore chairs the committee:

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Politics & Government
9:52 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Protesters Greet NC Lawmakers With Pots And Pans On First Day Of Legislative Session

A group of grandmothers who call themselves the 'Raging Grannies' were among demonstrators outside of the North Carolina General Assembly's offices on Wednesday.
Credit Jessica Jones

Dozens of demonstrators clinked and banged pots, pans and spoons outside of the North Carolina General Assembly’s offices in Raleigh on Wednesday morning, protesting recent state laws, as senators and representatives met for their first day in session this year.

The demonstration, in which people held signs protesting issues such as a Voter ID law passed last year, low teacher pay, and low unemployment benefits, served as a prelude for a series of demonstrations set for Mondays while lawmakers are in session.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Moral Monday Groups Focus On Mobilizing Voters

Thousands marched to the North Carolina State Capitol building in Raleigh on Saturday morning as part of the Moral Monday movement.
Credit James Willamor via Flickr

Organizers of Saturday’s moral march on Raleigh plan to use the event’s momentum to mobilize voters, they say. The event follows last year’s weekly Moral Monday rallies that criticized laws passed by North Carolina’s Republican-led government.  The new focus is on the fall elections.

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Politics & Government
8:52 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Five Reasons People Gave For Saturday's Moral March On Raleigh [WITH PHOTOS]

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Among the thousands of people who marched to the North Carolina State Capitol building and filled five city blocks in front of it, there was no singular cause for gathering. But written on the signs and banners people carried were a handful issues that seemed to repeat themselves every 20 feet in the crowd.

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Politics & Government
7:47 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Thousands To March Downtown Raleigh In Opposition Of New North Carolina Laws

Protesters have crowded the capitol for past Moral Mondays protests.
Credit Matthew Lenard

Thousands of people are expected to march in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, some coming in buses from other states, to call on North Carolina legislators to reverse laws they’ve signed over the last year including requiring voters to show IDs in polling stations, reducing unemployment benefits and blocking Medicaid expansion.

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Politics & Government
5:53 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Some Moral Mondays Cases Expected To Be Dismissed

North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber during one of several Moral Monday protests.
Credit Matthew Lenard

Some Moral Monday protesters' legal cases are expected to be dismissed in Wake County district court.

Lawyer Scott Holmes represents some of the plaintiffs who were arrested on May 20th. Holmes believes the Wake County District Attorney has made the decision to dismiss the charges for everyone arrested on that date. Some cases in that group have already been dismissed. Holmes thinks the D.A. plans to dismiss the rest when those cases are heard on February 18th. He says so far, prosecutors have tried cases based on evidence specifically focused on individuals.

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Politics & Government
10:05 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Bill Moyers Turns His Lens On North Carolina And Politics

Protesters in North Carolina
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Bill Moyers takes an in-depth look at the changing political climate here in North Carolina this week in a new documentary, State of Conflict: North Carolina.

State of Conflict: North Carolina from on Vimeo.

Here's how Moyers frames the story:

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