After a North Carolina judge struck down the “imminent disturbance” gag rule aimed at silencing Moral Monday demonstrators, more than 1,000 rallied for workers’ rights at the state Capitol yesterday evening. Several hundred, led by North Carolina union members, marched into the building loudly chanting and singing their demands that the legislature roll back its extremist measures that have attacked voting rights, education, the environment, unemployed workers, health care and women's rights.
Nineteen people, including AFGE President J. David Cox (see video below), were arrested not for the formerly banned chanting and singing, but for trespassing. All were released on bail by this morning. Said Cox, a North Carolina native:
Many of these lawmakers have lost touch with the average citizen. Their laws are denying benefits to unemployed workers, denying health care coverage to low-income workers and pushing out experienced teachers by suppressing their wages. These policies are wrong for North Carolina and they are wrong for America.
The Moral Monday actions have drawn national attention and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, “North Carolina has quickly become a shining example of a people-driven movement and a microcosm of what’s to come.”
The working people in Raleigh are inspiring action at state capitols around America. Moral Mondays are exactly the kind of new movement working people and their communities have been eager for. Only together can we build momentum and make real, positive change in the lives of all workers in the community.
Check out these tweets and photos from last night’s action.