Ten arrested in General Assembly protest

Posted June 17, 2015
Updated June 18, 2015

Ten people, including state NAACP President Rev. William Barber, were arrested June 17, 2015, at the Legislative Building during a protest of the General Assembly's agenda.

— Ten people, including state NAACP President Rev. William Barber, were arrested Wednesday at the Legislative Building in the latest protest of the General Assembly's agenda.

Dozens of people in the "Moral Monday" movement converged on the legislature to demonstrate against changes to North Carolina's elections laws that were passed two years ago.

“We sent a letter yesterday to Gov. (Pat) McCrory and the legislature, calling on them to repeal voter suppression law H.B. 589 on the basis that it discriminates based on race, with a disparate impact on African-Americans, women and students,” Barber told the crowd. “They could have done it today, but instead they chose to focus on passing laws that make it easier to get a gun than it is to vote.”

The House gave final approval Wednesday to a measure that loosens state restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon. The Senate hasn't yet taken up the bill.

The NAACP and other groups have challenged the elections law changes, and a federal trial is set to begin next month in Winston-Salem.

“Voting is the most important right because it ensures that we maintain our other rights,” Anna Fesmire, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Piedmont Triad, told the crowd. "With voter suppression, democracy withers. In North Carolina. It began to wither in earnest in 2013 with the passage of H.B. 589."

The legislative protests have been going on since 2013, although this year's demonstrations have been smaller than in years past and have resulted in far fewer arrests.


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  • Tom Boswell Jun 18, 2015
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    Good for these citizens protesting on my behalf. I am against voter suppression. I am sick of suppression. All of this suppression happened to be in less than 24 hours. Going on vacation I had to go to the bank to cash a check and you will never believe what happen, bank suppression they asked for an ID to cash MY check. I left there to go to the pharmacy to get a prescription and guess again, you got it Pharmacy suppression. From there I went to UPS to pick up a missed package I needed for my trip and OMG it happened again parcel pickup suppression. They had the audacity to ask for my ID. Heading to the airport feeling abused you will never have guessed what came next, TSA suppression. Did it stop there oh no. Getting to my destination, I needed to rent a car and yep Avis suppression. Eight hours, five suppression’s.

  • Joseph Shepard Jun 17, 2015
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    Perhaps now the courts will determine that even civil disobedience has limits, and will enforce those limits on these miscreants.