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'Moral Monday' protest nets 84 arrests

Posted June 17, 2013
Updated June 18, 2013

— Eighty-four people were arrested at the General Assembly on Monday in the seventh week of protests aimed at the policies of the Republican-controlled legislature.

Organized by the North Carolina Chapter of the NAACP, the “Moral Monday” demonstrations showed no signs of slowing down. Nearly 500 people have been arrested since the events began in April.

“This isn’t five or 10 people. This is thousands of people,” said Raleigh resident Franky Echols, a first-time protester.

Opponents have called them outsiders and hippies, but warrants show 98 percent of the protesters arrested last week were from North Carolina.

Protesters this week said they want to make it clear who they are.

“Born in North Carolina. Raised here,” said Chris Carter, a Burlington resident who marched to criticize environmental legislation proposed by Republicans. He joined others who rallied for health care and education.

Moral Monday 'Moral Monday' protesters say they want to be heard

Cyrus King, 90, has been to all seven of the demonstrations.

"I just think the legislature is doing damage to our state and our people,” said King, who lives in Raleigh.

During the demonstration, several surveyors dressed in orange shirts strolled through the crowd to compile data. They asked protesters who they were and where they were from.

“I have talked to 45 people, and only one is from out of state,” surveyor Bill Westermeyer said.

JoAnne Clayton of Pittsboro teaches in Raleigh. She planned to be arrested to make her point to lawmakers.

"This is worth it,” she said. "This is worth it."

Clayton was upset at teacher pay and a proposal to allow guns on some educational campuses.

"We have not gotten raises in years and years,” she said. “They are putting our lives in danger.”

Amid the chants and cheers, an officer cuffed her hands and carried her away

Protestors believe if people know who they are, change will happen.

“I have to believe that,” King said.

Republican leaders declined to comment Monday.

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  • missdawg Jun 19, 6:42 p.m.

    I think the Moral Monday name is hilarious because these people would not be protesting a Republican-led government if they actually HAD morals and values!

  • Naysayer Jun 19, 4:56 p.m.

    If they actual pay their fines, this could be the first time many of these "protesters" actually pay for something. Could be a learning experience for them.

  • junkmail5 Jun 19, 1:55 p.m.

    For the record.......you will NEVER convince me.
    liberalismisadisorder

    You're certainly entitled to remain wrong.

    Anyway, I was using your post to demonstrate someone (yourself) who calls out the left for hypocrisy, while refusing to acknowledge their own.

    While I freely admit -both- sides do the same thing.

  • lost in translation Jun 19, 1:51 p.m.

    It's Wednesday and there are 255 comments on this post. 90% of the comments are against the moral monday crowd. Why is this still news? Is there an agenda WRAL?

  • timetochange Jun 19, 1:11 p.m.

    If you had readmy original post, which you obviously didn't, I was addressing the lady who was protesting and stating she hadn't had a raise in 5 years. I questioned why she only started protesting now that a republican was in charge. Exposing the hypocrisy of liberals. Stop trying to twist words to make it seem as if you are saying the same thing. I am not sure if you are trying to convince me.....or yourself. For the record.......you will NEVER convince me.

  • beaupeep Jun 19, 12:53 p.m.

    "Uh...they got UNDER 2 million votes.

    Apparently reading matters too." - junky

    Yeah, apparently it it, because it says 51.1% RIGHT IN THE FREEKING ARTICLE.

  • junkmail5 Jun 19, 12:39 p.m.

    I was pointing out, once again, the hypocrisy of liberals. Always complaining about Republicans when their own party is doing the same thing. You slam conservatives and fail to acknowledge the failings of your own warped ideology. Typical.
    liberalismisadisorder

    uh...no.

    Both sides do the SAME thing.

    I was the one pointing that out.

    Now you're trying to take credit for my own argument?

    Wow.

  • timetochange Jun 19, 12:29 p.m.

    I was pointing out, once again, the hypocrisy of liberals. Always complaining about Republicans when their own party is doing the same thing. You slam conservatives and fail to acknowledge the failings of your own warped ideology. Typical.

  • junkmail5 Jun 19, 11:43 a.m.

    How's that for numbers junkmail5? Unde whose admin. is unemployment highest?- liberalmisadisorder

    ... what?

    who was discussing unemployment? Or the federal government while we're at it?

    But sure... the current administrations number, by your own graph, is LOWER than when the last guy LEFT office.

  • timetochange Jun 19, 11:32 a.m.

    http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000

    How's that for numbers junkmail5? Unde whose admin. is unemployment highest?

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