Moral Mondays

Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Moral Mondays Defendants Receive Varying Verdicts In Court

Moral Monday protesters at the General Assembly earlier this year.
Credit Matthew Lenard

More Moral Monday protesters will have their cases heard in court today.

Earlier this year, more than 900 people were arrested for protesting at the North Carolina legislature. The Wake County District Attorney’s office has given them the choice of paying a fine and performing community service or facing a judge. Many of them have chosen to go to court. And while they’ve been charged with the same crimes under similar circumstances, they’re getting different outcomes.

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Reports Of Police Spying Raise Concerns Of Overreach

Credit Matthew Lenard

General Assembly Police Chief Jeff Weaver testified recently that law enforcement officers collected intelligence on participants in Moral Monday protests. Police officials say the measures were necessary to ensure public safety. Critics say the move went too far.

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Politics & Government
10:51 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

NAACP Convention Welcomes "Moral Monday Arrestees"

Dale Herman is one of the more than 900 people arrested during "Moral Monday" demonstrations earlier this year.
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The people who were arrested at the Moral Monday protests at the state legislature will be recognized Thursday at the annual NAACP state convention.

More than 900 people were arrested during the Moral Monday protests against Republican policy in Raleigh.  One of them was Gann Herman.

“We are part of a growing coalition.  We come from a lot of different organizations and churches," said Gann Herman.

Her husband Dale Herman was also arrested.  He only demonstrated in anti-war demonstrations before this.

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Politics & Government
2:12 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

First Moral Monday Protester Is Sentenced

Moral Monday protesters watch as Saladin Muammad is sentenced.
Credit Jessica Jones

The first Moral Monday activist to be tried has been found guilty by a Raleigh court.

Wake County District Court Judge Joy Hamilton found Saladin Muammad guilty on three counts Friday afternoon. They were misdemeanor charges for trespassing, failing to disperse and violating building rules at a protest on May thirteenth.

Another protester, Patrick O'Neill, said he wasn't surprised at today's guilty charge. But Muammad and his attorney plan to appeal, and O'Neill thinks that could have a better result.

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Politics & Government
7:21 am
Mon August 5, 2013

As Moral Monday Goes On The Road, A New Question Surfaces: Can This Movement Last?

N.C. NAACP president Rev. William Barber
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Today is the first Monday in thirteen weeks without an NAACP led Moral Monday rally outside the Capitol in Raleigh. But the protests aren’t over. Rev. William Barber, leader of the North Carolina NAACP, says he’s taking Moral Monday on the road, all throughout the state. The road trip starts today in Asheville.

The coalition that Rev. Barber has built over the last few months is entering a new phase, and will be tested. Can it last? And can it win elections? 

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Politics & Government
7:21 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Moral Monday Demonstrators Protest Education Cuts, New Abortion Rules

Monday night's Moral Monday protest
Credit Jessica Jones

Organizers of the "Moral Monday" protests held one of their largest marches at the legislature Monday.

Police watching the rally estimated there were between 4,000 and 5,000 protesters there. Many were teachers, who were wearing red clothing.

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Politics
12:18 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

'Moral Monday' Movement Ends In North Carolina

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:40 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

As you heard, North Carolina's legislature has passed some tighter voting restrictions. But that's just one of the issues that's been driving Moral Mondays. Moral Mondays is a series of demonstrations by religious and progressive activists taking place at North Carolina's state capital.

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Politics & Government
4:39 am
Fri July 26, 2013

General Assembly Casts Historic Votes

Many will remember this Legislative session for the Moral Monday protests it inspired.
Credit Matthew Lenard

The General Assembly's last days were punctuated by passionate debate.

It seems like a long time ago, but it’s really been just seven months since newly-inaugurated Governor Pat McCrory sounded this hopeful tone:

“North Carolina’s greatest strength and asset remains its people,” he said during his inauguration speech.

“On those main streets across this state, it’s the people that count and that make a difference. People will come from different backgrounds but share a common set of principles. Self-starters and hard workers.”

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Documentary Film Project Captures Political Polarization In North Carolina

Map of the distribution of electoral college votes in the 2012 Presidential Election.
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Filmmakers Annabel Park and Eric Byler discuss their new film, 'Story of America: A Nation Divided'

For the past several months, all eyes have been on North Carolina. The state has received an abundance of national coverage since the start of Moral Mondays as a response to this legislative session.

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Politics & Government
7:54 am
Tue July 23, 2013

73 Arrested In 12th Moral Monday Demonstration

Protesters gather for a Moral Mondays protest at the capitol.
Credit Matthew Lenard

Another demonstration on Halifax Mall led to 73 arrests Monday night. It was the 12th Moral Monday event protesting the Republican-led General Assembly. 

This demonstration centered on what protestors called undue cuts to education and a bill that would change voting requirements.  Protesters said they don't like the provision in the voter ID bill that would cut back on early voting.

"That’s ridiculous. That’s absolutely ridiculous," said Antoinette Joyner of Winston-Salem.

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