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Protests to expand despite objections from Republican leaders

Posted June 7, 2013

— Leaders of the "Moral Monday" protests against Republican policies say their weekly events at the General Assembly will continue, despite more than 300 arrests over the past five weeks and condemnation from Gov. Pat McCrory. 

McCrory said he did not want to meet with the protesters, who have been organized by the state conference of the NAACP, calling their actions "illegal" and a burden on the courts and law enforcement. 

"Maybe it's because he can only defend his policies and the policy of his legislators within the echo chamber of the tea party," said the Rev. William Barber, state NAACP president and the leading figure in the protest movement.

Barber and other leaders of the protests say they are upset with polices put forward by GOP lawmakers, including measures that limit Medicaid expansion, offer publicly funded vouchers for some students to attend private school, impose identification requirements on voters and other major pieces of the Republican legislative agenda.

Barber spoke to reporters on a phone call Friday organized by the Advancement Project, a Washington, D.C.-based civil rights organization. 

Barber pledged that Moral Monday would return on June 10 with clergy from around the state leading the latest in a series of demonstrations. 

Jimmie Hawkins, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church, said he has been working to organize leaders of all faiths to come to Raleigh next week. 

"Expect to see a rainbow of colors and faith symbols throughout the mall," Hawkins said. 

Barber said that protests would expand next week to encompass a "Witness Wednesday" to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Barber said the group will hold the event during the middle of the day, holding up pictures of civil rights leaders who fought for rights he said Republican leaders are trying to strip away. 

Republican leaders have said the weekly protests will not change the course of legislation.

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  • gibbman67 Jun 11, 7:52 a.m.

    cary progressive i bet you approve of the dingabts in washington dc... everybody should pay something!!!!full speed ahead GOV

  • genaroye Jun 11, 5:51 a.m.

    Barber's in this for Barber. Have you seen how he looks into a camera, that side ways glance, showing his good side (like there's one). Guess what NAACP there was an election and your side lost, thanks to Bev.
    Now you're taking money from Gas Chamber George Soros to further his agenda to destroy America, well perhaps NC isn't playing by his playbook. Wake up people, this parasite on humanity has nothing good to offer you and neither does this joke of the racist NAACP. Get over your immature selves you've lost for thew next 4 yrs.
    How's Obama's economy working out for ya? Are you loving all the scandals of this admin, want more of it? Suckers!

  • Terkel Jun 10, 3:41 p.m.

    "It is always messy when Americans practice their rights as Americans. Those standing up for the silenced often have to be loud."

    And sought out, interviewed, hired, and well-paid.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 10, 3:32 p.m.

    "I take it that you whole heartedly approve of Demos--for over 100 years--taking from those who produce and giving it to those who would not produce, or even make an effort for that matter. And you apparently think that because a person is classified as "poor" they are somehow excused from contributing to society in any manner except to enjoy the fruits of the labor of others. I would ask you--please tell us--precisely what is your fair share of someone elses labor??"

    To put it in a slightly different way. People that support Barber and his thinking support slavery. It seems a bit ironic, but Barber supports this because it benefits him. What is also a bit surprising is that any Pastor or other so-called cleric would support slavery, but apparently they do support enslaving one group of people for the benefit of others.

  • PanthersFan45 Jun 10, 12:33 p.m.

    "holding up pictures of civil rights leaders who fought for rights he said Republican leaders are trying to strip away."

    Would somebody on the left PLEASE explain to me what RIGHTS are being stripped away. I don't see anyone trying to take away anyone's right (or access). Seems to me this whole issue is about having the government pay for it ....... so what, so you have to buy it yourself now. The most ardent supporters who went to the polls 95% strong for the president should be pretty happy with the economy ..... plenty of jobs for you just go get one.

  • Deb1003 Jun 10, 11:50 a.m.

    Same ole same ole. Legislature continuing as usual. These protests are doing nothing more than giving police officers/judges/lawyers and bailiffs something to do. Like this is all they have on their agenda or dockets.

  • Karmageddon Jun 10, 11:48 a.m.

    So they're going from moronmonday to witlesswednesday.....shocker

  • lawdawg302 Jun 10, 11:01 a.m.

    The only people who should be meting with this trash is a Judge when they go to court, a bondsman (if the Magistrate will start assigning reasonable bonds), and their defense attorney for trial. If and when they obtain the required permits and protest in a legal fashion and stop breaking the law, like the Tea Party, then meet with them. Only meet with them after they are complying with the law and not one second before. If they begin breaking the law, all discussion stops.

  • Wiser_now Jun 10, 10:51 a.m.

    The state should lock the door and ignore these people. Stop arresting them unless they turn violent. Arresting people who WANT to be arrested is a waste of money. They should be fined an amount that covers everything from gas and maintenance for the vehicles that transport them to the jail to the time county and law enforcement personnel spend dealing with them.

  • raleighindependent Jun 10, 10:35 a.m.

    68, I bet you are the first one to defend the constitution when it fits your agenda, but not others.

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