'Moral Monday' protest in North Carolina: 151 arrested as activists decry extreme right-wing agenda
June 4, 2013
Upwards of 1,600 demonstrators amassed outside the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh on Monday, railing against the “extreme agenda” of the GOP-controlled legislature, WNCN reported. As attendees of the “Mega Moral Monday” protest spilled from the square outside the building and into the state Senate chambers, WRAL reported that 151 were arrested and released by 5 a.m. on Tuesday.
Monday’s demonstration is the latest in a series of “Moral Monday” events organized by the North Carolina NAACP and other civil rights groups, activists and unions. They’ve been taking place since April, though the gathering this week was by far the largest, and the arrests nearly doubled the total of the previous four protests. Organizers have decried the increasingly conservative nature of the state legislature, which has been pushing controversial issues such as voter ID, hydraulic fracking and cuts to education spending.
"The people are awake now, and we have decided to stand up," state NAACP chapter president Rev. William Barber told the crowd Monday. "We are a movement. This is not a moment." Republicans inside the building appeared largely unmoved, despite the raucous protests.
See Philip Radford (Greenpeace director)’s post on the environmental contingency at moral Monday’s.