Today’s Moral Monday action in Raleigh, N.C., will focus on women’s issues. It is the 11th Moral Monday event to protest the extreme actions of the legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory (R). Says the Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP:
Women are speaking out on unemployment, poverty, Medicaid, voting rights, women's rights and education from a moral and constitutional perspective. They will not only lift up the devastating impact of the North Carolina General Assembly's regressive policies on women of all races and backgrounds but to emphasize the importance of women's leadership for the movement.
Along with protesting the extreme policy actions—from eliminating unemployment insurance benefits for nearly 70,000 jobless workers to restricting voting rights and cutting funds for public education—Moral Mondays also feature acts of civil disobedience. So far some 700 people have been arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing as they try to enter the Capitol building.
Before each rally, trainings are held for those who want to petition the legislature through nonviolent civil disobedience.
For more information, visit www.naacpnc.org and follow the North Carolina State AFL-CIO on Twitter for live updates. Check out the hashtags #ForwardTogether and #MoralMonday on Twitter.