RALEIGH: The North Carolina NAACP’s Moral Monday protests began with just 17 arrests in the first rally in late April. Now nearly 600 have been arrested speaking out against the right-leaning NC General Assembly. New and seasoned protesters are preparing to converge in Raleigh once again for this week’s “Mass” Moral Monday. It’s the ninth protest so far taking place at 5 p.m. across from the General Assembly.
WCHL compiled a timeline of events since the first Moral Monday Movement to document the details of each week:
April 22: The Beginning of the “Civil Disobedience”
April 29: Week One
- 17 arrested
May 6: Week Two
- 30 arrested
- Running Total: 47
May 13: Week Three
- 49 arrested
- Running Total: 96
Chapel Hillians of faith from the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist, Binkley Baptist Church, and the United Church of Chapel Hill made the trek to Raleigh. This was when the name “Moral Monday” was introduced.
May 20: Week Four
- 57 arrested
- Running Total: 153
May 29: NAACP Rally Tour comes to Chapel Hill
May 27: The NAACP took a pause for Memorial Day
June 2: The 100th anniversary of the controversial confederate monument known as “Silent Sam”
June 3: Week Five
- 151 arrested; *most arrested in a single Moral Monday
- Running Total: 304
June 7: Sen. Thom Goolsby, R- New Hanover, wrote an op-ed published in the Chatham Journal titled, “Moron Monday shows radical Left just doesn’t get it”
June 8: The Civitas Institute published a database of all those arrested during Moral Mondays
June 10: Week Six
- 84 arrests
- Running Total: 388
June 10: Reports surfaced of NC Lawmakers calling the Moral Monday protesters “outsiders”
June 12: First Witness Wednesday
June 17: Week Seven
- 84 arrested
- Running Total: 472
June 24: Arrestees from first Moral Monday on April 29 appear in court
June 24: Week Eight
- 120 Arrested
- Running Total: 592
RALEIGH – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has said he is not backing down to the Moral Monday protesters, whose numbers are now peaking in the thousands. An increasing number of people from Orange County have been joining the effort, some getting arrest, including local leaders.
McCrory told the Associated Press that “Outsiders are coming in and they’re going to try to do to us what they did to Scott Walker [the Governor] in Wisconsin.”
Reverend William Barber, the NC president of the NAACP, has been the central figure in the movement against the state General Assembly. Barber says he won’t relent, though McCrory has denounced his efforts.
“The bottom line is that we are going to win. It is going to be tough but right will always win. The constitution still stands and our morals still stand. They have stood against many tests and many tyrants,” Barber said.
As he spoke to activists who gathered for a second time this week in front of the General Assembly for the NAACP’s Witness Wednesday, he laughed at the notion that the protesters aren’t from North Carolina.
Laurel Ashton is the co-chair of the Labor Committee for the Chapel Hill Carrboro chapter of the NAACP.
“They are falling back in the tactics of George Wallace in the 1960s. He called Martin Luther King Jr. an outsider. And now, they are just using the same rhetoric, digging themselves into a deeper hole,” Ashton said.
Witness Wednesday commemorated the 50th anniversary of the assignation of civil rights activists Medgar Evers, while also continuing their fight against the Republican-led state government.
Eight people were arrested inside the state building, including Durham City Council member Steve Schewel.
Fellow NAACP member and lawyer Al McSurley was there for Witness Wednesday, and many Moral Monday before. He’s watched the protesting grow from a grassroots effort, to a statewide movement.
“I have never seen, in all my time, as exciting of a deep, and broad-based fusion in a movement—that is with black, white, Latino, gay, straight, religious, atheist, all holding hands and marching together. We never had anything like this in the sixties,” Al McSurley said.
Barber said next week’s Moral Monday will focus on environmental issues, and the following with highlight labor rights.http://chapelboro.com/news/state-government/rev-barber-at-witness-weds-protest-we-are-going-to-win/
CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina NAACP and other activists will gather in Raleigh for Witness Wednesday this week. It’s an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights activist, Medgar Evers.
The event is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Davie Street Presbyterian Church and then travels down the road for a news conference in front of the General Assembly.
Witness Wednesday is part of the civil rights group’s greater efforts to protest recent legislation passed and proposed by the NC Legislature.
The NAACP also plans to announce details regarding the Forward Together Voter Registration Campaign, launching on Wednesday as well.http://chapelboro.com/news/state-government/naacp-to-host-witness-wednesday-in-raleigh/
RALEIGH – The state chapter of the NAACP will continue on with its sixth week of Moral Monday protests that have led to the arrests of more than 300 people.
Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton was arrested last Monday inside the General Assembly, along with Chapel Hill Town Council member Donna Bell, and Carrboro Aldermen Damon Seils, Michelle Johnson and Sammy Slade.
Rally leader and NAACP state chapter president Rev. William Barber said clergy members from across the state will lead this Monday’s demonstration against policies of the Republican-controlled legislature.
“Our job through this movement is to expose those extreme immoral policies that hurt everyone. They impact all people and it’s beginning to work,” Barber said.
The NAACP and its supporters contest the social, economic, voting and education policies of the General Assembly. Many also oppose the state’s decision to reject the Medicaid expansion under federal health care reform, cut unemployment insurance and end the earned income tax credit, among other issues.
Barber announced via teleconference Friday the NAACP will follow up the protest with “Witness Wednesday” to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. The group will also announce details of a voter registration tour.
“We will have pictures of the martyrs who have died—black, white and Jewish—to protect all of the rights of those we are also trying to protect,” Barber said.
The group’s rallies have grown in size every week since they began in late April, most recently drawing more than 1,600 by some estimates. The number of arrests has grown each week as well—last week’s topping upwards of 150.
RALEIGH- This week’s Moral Monday protest at the General Assembly was the largest since the Forward Together movement launched this spring. Now organizers want to take the protests to a new level.
To springboard off the success of the Moral Monday protests, North Carolina NAACP leader Reverend William Barber says his group and others will launch the next phase of the Forward Together movement with Witness Wednesdays, starting this Wednesday with the commemoration of the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
“On that Wednesday at 12 noon, at the General Assembly, we will also announce the launching of Voter Registration Summer, a new kind of freedom summer right here in North Carolina,” says Barber. “We intend to fight, we intend to stand. We’re going to challenge them morally, we’re going to challenge them legally, and we’re going to challenge them at the voting box. The one thing we’re not going to do is go backwards, because our motto is “Forward Together, Not One Step Back.”
The Moral Monday protests are designed to call attention to a host of economic and educational policies sponsored by the Republican-controlled legislature that Barber says are harmful to the majority of North Carolinians.
“Their policies are constitutionally inconsistent, morally indefensible and economically insane,” says Barber.
To date, thousands have protested and more than 300 have been arrested for civil disobedience, including Carrboro’s mayor and several members of the Board of Aldermen.
Governor Pat McCrory has criticized the protesters, saying they are wasting taxpayer money by clogging the court system with frivolous arrests. But Barber says the right to assemble is constitutionally protected.
“Article 1, Section 12 of the state constitution says we have a right to do exactly what we’re doing,” says Barber. “They don’t have to arrest us. The Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tem don’t have to order the arrests. But we’re not going to give up our constitutional rights simply because they do order the arrests.”
The protests will continue this Monday at the General Assembly, led by a coalition of clergy from across the state.
Click here to listen to Friday’s teleconference in which members of the Forward Together movement announce the next phase of the movement.http://chapelboro.com/news/state-government/as-moral-monday-protests-grow-leaders-kick-off-voter-drive/