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Pope groups turning to intimidation tactics?
Posted By Rob Schofield On June 20, 2013 @ 7:29 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
Sue Sturgis over at the Institute for Southern Studies has a new story  out about the Pope-Civitas Institute’s latest intimidation tactic toward legislative protesters.
“The John W. Pope Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank based in Raleigh, N.C., has launched a database  targeting people who’ve been arrested as part of the Moral Monday nonviolent protests at the state legislature.
The Civitas Institute was founded by conservative mega-donor and discount-retail mogul Art Pope, now the North Carolina budget director under Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, and it was named for Pope’s father. The nonprofit gets about 94 percent of its funding from the family foundation Pope chairs . That raises questions about the ethics of a public official who’s been a target of the protests being involved in an apparent effort to target the protesters for harassment — or worse.”
No word yet on whether the effort is being coordinated with the group’s chief funder (i.e. the state budget ), legislative leaders or other far right groups, but as Sturgis reports, the tactic is reminiscent of the one’s used by the reactionary opponents of the Civil Rights movement, so nothing would come as a surprise.
Read the entire story by clicking here .
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URLs in this post:
 a new story: http://www.southernstudies.org/2013/06/art-pope-funded-group-launches-database-targeting-.html
 database: http://www.nccivitas.org/moralmonday/
 family foundation Pope chairs: http://jwpf.org/about/board-and-staff/
 Greenville paper blasts Pope-Civitas tactics surrounding Moral Mondays: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/07/09/greenville-paper-blasts-pope-civitas-tactics-surrounding-moral-mondays/
 Pope-Civitas attack on McCrory pulled from website: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/09/16/pope-civitas-attack-on-mccrory-pulled-from-website/
 Today’s Moral Monday event: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/06/24/todays-moral-monday-event/
 Rep. Hall on Moral Mondays and ‘outside agitators’ (audio): http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/06/17/rep-hall-on-moral-mondays-and-outside-agitators-audio/
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