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Six arrested at legislature

Posted July 1, 2015

About a dozen clergy members were arrested on April 29, 2015, outside the Senate chamber as the third year of "Moral Monday" protests began.
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— Six protesters associated with the "Moral Monday" movement were arrested Wednesday evening when they refused to leave the Legislative Building after a demonstration that called for Medicaid expansion and greater rights for immigrants and members of the gay and lesbian community.

Dozens gathered in the courtyard between the House and the Senate chambers around 4:30 p.m. Members of the House had already finished for the day, while senators were just concluding their business. Senate leaders complained that singing and chanting from the protests were making it hard to hear and put off a last bit of business rather than stay and work during the disturbance.

Shortly after 5 p.m., officers with the General Assembly Police announced that the building was closed and those who remained would be arrested. While most of the crowd left, six people stayed behind chanting and were arrested on trespassing-related charges. Their names and exact charges were not immediately available from police.

Organizers of the event said they were calling for equal protection under the law. Earlier in the day, state NAACP President Rev. William Barber said that the state's refusal to extend Medicaid to roughly 500,000 people under federal Affordable Care Act guidelines was leading to unnecessary hardship and death.

Republicans who control the House and the Senate say Medicaid expansion would be too costly, while advocates for expansion say the state would lose money in the long run by not covering more people.

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  • John Lobenstein Jul 2, 2015
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    Comic sans might be appropriate when their remarks/demands are presented as quotes.

  • Roy Hinkley Jul 2, 2015
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    How did their protest in any way infringe on your rights? I get that you disagree with their position, but I fail to see how it affects your rights.

  • Jonathan Barnes Jul 2, 2015
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    If we're talking about Comic Sans, then I'd be right there with them.

  • Richard Trantham Jul 2, 2015
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    Funny, I bet these people have not given one dime to these causes themselves, but they want everyone else to pay the bill. What happened to MY rights as an American?

  • Richard Trantham Jul 2, 2015
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    As a taxpayer I demand that these people be charged and held accountable for their actions. If the charges are dismissed we will remember it at voting time.

  • Marcy Lyn Jul 2, 2015
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    Again, protesting to give something to those who don't work, taken from those who do work !

  • Barbara Sossomon Jul 2, 2015
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    Moral Monday is a paid group that has gotten over 1 million this year for their "protests" I wonder if Rev Barber is paid by the protest, or just a flat salary?

  • John Lobenstein Jul 2, 2015
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    This "Moral Mondays" crowd would protest someone using the wrong font to report a story if their imaginations could not conjure up a psuedo victim crisis.

  • Brian Huff Jul 1, 2015
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    500K people times a very conservative $2500 a year... Who will pay for that? Guess that money will just grow on trees?

  • Rick Fetter Jul 1, 2015
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    Silly people, you missed Monday by 2 days. I guess it's easy to lose track when you have nothing useful to do like a job.