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Large sit-in expected for 'Moral Monday'

Posted June 22, 2014
Updated June 23, 2014

— "Moral Monday" organizers will do a “Sit-In, Stand-In, Teach-In, Plan-In, Pray-In” for this week protest inside the Legislative Building.

The event will mark 60 weeks of demonstrations led by the state NAACP to protest policies enacted by the Republican-led legislature, since they started on April 29, 2013. The peaceful protests often result in dozens of arrests after demonstrators ignore police commands to quietly leave the building.

Recent protests have focused on specific politicians:

  • After a nearly 11 hour sit-in at House Speaker Thom Tillis’ office, 15 protesters were arrested during the early morning hours of May 28.
  • The following Monday, 11 protesters were cited for trespassing after staging a sit-in inside the Capitol building. They wanted to deliver a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory asking him to repeal a number of “harmful policies.”
  • On June 9, 15 protesters staged a “teach-in” outside Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s office with the intent of being arrested. But Berger spoke to the group for about an hour, and no arrests were made.

Lawmakers have tried to limit protests inside the Legislative Building, updating rules last revised in 1987 to allow police or staff to order people out of the building if any group makes enough noise to create a “disturbance,” hinder someone’s ability to have a conversation in a “normal tone of voice,” pose an “imminent threat” or if they’re holding signs.

Protesters countered the rules, which were passed before the legislative session’s first "Moral Monday" protest in May, by placing tape over their mouths and quietly marching through the building two-by-two.

One month later, after subsequent not-so-quiet protests, Superior Court Judge Carl Fox struck down some of the rules, describing them as overly broad and vague.

Last week, demonstrators sang, chanted and held signs while making their way to the second and third floors of the Legislative Building.

The result: 19 arrests.

Each weekly protest focuses on a particular topic, from natural gas drilling to public education to voter ID. The state NAACP plans to fight for a preliminary injunction to the voter ID law in federal district court later this year.

The group on Monday also plans to start a voter registration drive, dubbed the “Moral March to the Polls."

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  • 50s Child Jun 24, 2014

    "On June 9, 15 protesters staged a “teach-in” outside Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s office with the intent of being arrested. But Berger spoke to the group for about an hour, and no arrests were made."

    What more needs to be said? They don't want policy change, they want unrest and dissatisfaction. Oh, and their 15 minutes of fame.

  • veryfrustrated1 Jun 24, 2014

    The free stuff that barber and his ilk are protesting for comes with a rather hefty price tag of about $10 billion in total. The total current annual state budget is about $21 billion. So by simple math, state revenue and by extension taxation would necessarily have to increase by almost 50% for these gimme's that are being demanded to be handed out.

  • beaupeep Jun 23, 2014

    These people are going to be SO disappointed in November, I feel sorry for them.

  • beaupeep Jun 23, 2014

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    Oh, yeah...they're really a'squirmin' now.........

  • mohnkae Jun 23, 2014

    I haven't attended any of these protests, but I respect their willingness to express themselves, I'm not sure breaking rules to express their displeasure is the best way, but it seems ineffective at changing the belligerent attitude of the GA, let alone the legislation. I bet if each carried a sack of hundreds instead of placards they'd get more accomplished.

  • Phil Larson Jun 23, 2014

    Good, keep the heat on the GA.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 23, 2014

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    AMEN, AND AMEN!!!

  • pingmanreturns Jun 23, 2014

    "Many of them work at minimum wage jobs with pay so low they still easily qualify to receive those government benefits."
    And whose fault is that??? Not mine!

  • marxnsain Jun 23, 2014

    THORNTONCIRCUS, if the creators of this republic had not been "disturbing the peace, harassing people and calling it free speech, interrupting work flow and whining because they don't get their way," would this forum exist today?

  • razor2 Jun 23, 2014

    You reap what you sow......
    All of this could have been avoided but due to extreme ideologies being forced upon the citizens of our state naturally people will stand up and voice their displeasure .... Its very unfortunate that we don't have a state government that represents all of the citizens in our state.
    Who speaks for the common man ? Who stands up to protect the disabled and elderly ? Who is protecting the people with out means and what has happened to the middle class citizens ? The wealthy keeps generating more wealth while everyone else foots the bill. Our current GA and Governor have no intention of changing course only to alienate the people who aren't being led by the Koch brothers and other political think tanks.
    These people worship wealth and the creation and retention of wealth for the few. We need people in office that fairly represents all of N.C. and the desire to enrich all the citizens in our state with the opportunities to be self sufficient .

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