Tonight, civil rights, union, student and other working family activists will kick off another round of Moral Monday actions at the state Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., as the year’s legislative session begins. They will be there even as new rules to suppress and gag the protesters passed last week are now in effect.
In more than a dozen Moral Monday events last year and earlier this year, thousands of North Carolinians protested attacks on voting rights, education, the environment, unemployed workers, health care and women's rights by the extremists who control the state legislature and governor’s mansion.
North Carolina State AFL-CIO President James Andrews said:
Today, we are back to call on the General Assembly to build an economy that works for everybody, that raises wages and puts people to work. We call on legislators and the governor to stop bullying ‘the least of thee’—the poor, our children, students, seniors and the unemployed. They may not want to hear from or see us, but we will never be obedient in the face of injustice.
According to the new rules governing protests, any group inside the Legislative Building—where many of the protesters gather on Moral Monday actions—making enough noise to interfere with conversation at normal conversational levels is creating a “disturbance” and can be ordered to leave the building or arrested if they refuse to do so.
The new rules also allow police or staff to order people to leave the building if they think those people pose an 'imminent threat' of a disturbance, even if they haven't done anything yet. If the visitors don't leave, they can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. The term 'imminent threat' isn't defined in the rules.
We will bring you a report on the Moral Monday action tomorrow.
For more information, visit www.naacpnc.org and follow the North Carolina State AFL-CIO on Twitter for live updates. Also check out the hashtags #ForwardTogether and #MoralMonday on Twitter.