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One Moral Monday protester explains her plans for this evening
Posted By Rob Schofield On June 3, 2013 @ 11:59 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
This is not a decision I made lightly but in the end it’s one I made without hesitation. Before getting to the essence of why, I had to attend to some practical matters. Did I have the support of my family? – yes. Would it affect my job? – no. Could I post bail? – yes.
It’s easier for me to do this than most people. I’m almost 60 years old, nearing the end of my career. I won’t lose my job. This is not a brave thing for me to do – just a necessary thing.
Why is it necessary? Will this likely have an impact on the legislators making the decisions that I think are so harmful – probably not. Shouldn’t I honor the process of the last election that put all these people in office – absolutely. I do.
The real reason I’m doing this is I need to be a citizen today – in the most profound way possible. And I need to honor Gandhi and Martin Luther King and Jesus and do it in a serious nonviolent way.
What are the decisions this General Assembly has made that I find so troubling that I am willing to stand in front of the chamber doors blocking their way?
There are too many to enumerate here. For now, I want to just share a few that are personal to me.
These are the actions of the General Assembly — among many others — that compel me to act as a citizen and engage in non-violent civil disobedience. It is a simple thing that one individual can do and I am proud to stand with my fellow citizens to say this to the General Assembly:
You have gone too far. The things you are doing are hurting our citizens and the damage can’t be easily undone. Think about the mother being denied healthcare, the father whose unemployment benefits are cut, the child lost in a crowded classroom and all the people waiting in long lines, unnecessarily, to exercise their most basic responsibility of citizenship – voting.
I implore our legislators to care about all the citizens of the great state of North Carolina. Let’s do everything we can to make sure everyone can reach their highest potential as a human being.
And I promise my fellow citizens that I will do everything I can to honor this great country that I have the privilege to live in by standing up against the damage being done to our state and advocating for what we need to do to make it great again.
This is why I’m being arrested.
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