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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Tue December 3, 2013

NC Budget Chief Debates With Top Critic

Rev. William Barber of the N.C. NAACP called for pickets outside Rose and Maxwell stores, which are owned by the family of state Budget Director Art Pope. Barber and Pope briefly debated outside the state Administration Building Monday.
Credit Jorge Valencia

The Rev. William Barber, who led weekly protests this year against laws passed by North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature, gathered with a few of his supporters Monday outside the state budget office to criticize a man they say supports policies that hurt poor people.

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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.
Credit Leoneda Inge

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
5:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

NAACP Radio Ad Attacks Voting Law Changes

State NAACP President William Barber speaking at voter rights news conference in 2012.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The state NAACP has started airing radio ads across North Carolina to educate voters on the new law.  The radio ad features the booming voice of Reverend William Barber – state NAACP president.

“Election day is one time we are all equal, whether you are young or old, rich or poor.  When we vote we all have the same say, that is unless you live in North Carolina," said Barber in this ad.

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Politics & Government
5:31 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

NAACP, Advocacy Organizations Challenge Voter ID Bill In Lawsuit

NC NAACP leaders spoke to crowds of protesters at the capitol this spring as a part of Moral Mondays rallies.
Credit Matthew Lenard

Several advocacy organizations have filed suit against the state of North Carolina after Governor Pat McCrory signed broad-based voting reform.  Earlier today, leaders with the NAACP spoke out against the law. Reverend William Barber said it unfairly targets African-American voters.

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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
Credit North Carolina NAACP

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
7:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Protesters Crowd Legislature For Fifth 'Moral Monday'

Reverend William Barber addresses the rally
Credit Jessica Jones

151 people were arrested at the General Assembly Monday night. It was the fifth “Moral Monday” demonstration at the legislature, and it was the largest yet.

Police estimate that at least a thousand people crowded the mall behind the building to protest Republican policies on everything from education to tax cuts.  They started gathering on the Halifax Mall late yesterday afternoon.

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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 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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Politics & Government
8:50 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

17 Protesters Arrested At General Assembly

State NAACP President William Barber and others protest at the General Assembly.
Credit Jessica Jones

Police at the General Assembly in Raleigh arrested 17 protesters Monday evening who were protesting inside the building.

The group, which included state NAACP head Rev. William Barber, was speaking out against a series of Republican-led bills that have been passed recently. Barber says that includes a measure that would require residents to bring photo identification with them to the polls.

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The State Of Things
11:36 am
Thu March 7, 2013

A Look Back At The 1968 Poor People’s Campaign And How We Create Black And Brown Unity Today

Power to the Poor: Black-Brown Coalition and the Fight for Economic Justice, 1960-1974
Credit gordonmantler.com

The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 often overshadows what may be his most radical crusade. The Poor People’s Campaign in the spring of 1968 was organized by a coalition of predominately Black and Brown organizers working across the color line.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

NAACP Leader Calls On Governor To Pardon "Wilmington 10"

The head of the state's NAACP is asking Governor Perdue to pardon ten activists who were convicted of arson in the midst of racial tensions in Wilmington in 1972. The "Wilmington Ten," as they're known, were set free in 1980. That was after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the convictions, saying the prosecutor and the trial judge had violated the defendants' constitutional rights. But the group has never received an official pardon from the state.

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