Moral Mondays

Protesters crowd the capitol for a Moral Mondays protest.
Matthew Lenard

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.”

Map of the distribution of electoral college votes in the 2012 Presidential Election.
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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.

Protesters gather for a Moral Mondays protest at the capitol.
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.

Reverend William Barber led another Moral Mondays protest at the capitol.
Matthew Lenard

For many lawmakers and lobbyists, the culmination of five months of work during this biennial long session came when a final budget was released late Sunday night. More than 500 pages and $20.5 billion, the budget was finalized behind closed doors by two men, both Republicans – Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis.

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

The cost of policing Moral Mondays is growing, and some aren't happy about who is picking up the bill.  Usually, protests on state property are handled by the State Capitol Police and the General Assembly Police.  But since a 2011 budget cut, state capitol police have been down 40 staff members—almost half the force.

State Police Chief Glenn Allen says the cut limits what his force can do.

GOP Faithful Rally To Back NC's Direction

Jul 17, 2013
North Carolina Legislature passes a tax reform bill.
W Edward Callis III

RALEIGH, N.C. - About 200 supporters expressed their appreciation for North Carolina Republicans efforts to cut taxes, require identification before voting and make getting abortions more difficult.

101 More Arrested In Moral Monday Demonstration; Counterprotest Coming

Jul 16, 2013
Protesters gather at the capitol for a Moral Monday protest.
David Biesack via Flickr, Creative Commons

RALEIGH, N.C. - About 100 protesters are facing charges for demonstrating outside the North Carolina Senate in the latest of what have become weekly protests against Republican policies.

More than two-thirds of those arrested Monday were women. Organizers focused on women's rights and leadership as legislation that could close most of the state's abortion clinics nears a final vote.

North Carolina legislative building
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The happenings at the North Carolina General Assembly have put the state solidly in the national focus. Major network news stations, as well as the New York Times editorial board, have begun to point a finger at the state.

The North Carolina Music Love Army Logo.
Skillet Gilmore

Two weeks ago, the North Carolina Music Love Army did not exist. It was just an idea.

64 Arrested At N.C. Legislature Protest, More Than 700 In Ten Weeks

Jul 9, 2013
Protesters gather at the capitol for a Moral Monday protest.
David Biesack via Flickr, Creative Commons

RALEIGH, N.C. - 64 people have been arrested inside the North Carolina legislature for protesting the policies advanced by the Republican majority.

The arrests bring the total for the past 10 weeks of "Moral Monday" protests to well over 700 taken to jail, nearly all charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing and violating building rules.

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