On June 16 when Moral Monday actions reconvene at the state Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., the spotlight will shine on workers’ rights that have been under attack by the extremist North Carolina legislature.
Members of the labor movement and the Forward Together Moral Movement will demand North Carolina lawmakers protect the rights of the state’s working men and women. Says MaryBe McMillan, secretary-treasurer of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO:
The rights of working men and women will be the focus of one of the last Moral Monday protests this legislative session. The labor movement has been a central force for workers’ rights as well as civil rights. We will continue to empower workers and ensure that our state’s legislative policies work for everyone, not just the wealthy and corporations.
The Moral Monday protests began last year in response to Gov. Pat McCrory’s (R) and the Republican legislature’s extremist agenda that has attacked voting rights, education, the environment, unemployed workers, health care and women's rights.
The actions have drawn national attention, even more recently after lawmakers imposed an “imminent disturbance gag rule on demonstrators.” The “imminent disturbance” rule allows police to arrest anyone who poses a threat to create a disturbance through chants, singing or anything that might interfere with normal conversation levels at the North Carolina Legislative Building. In other words, just the possibility of an “imminent disturbance” could put the civil rights, union, student, environmental and other activists in jeopardy of arrest.
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