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Moral Monday crowds swell, thousands of demonstrators denounce cuts to public education (audio postcard)

Demonstrators marched from the Legislative Building to the state Capitol during the 13th wave of Moral Monday protests. The crowd was dominated by educators angry over a state budget that funded private school vouchers, yet cut teaching assistants, instructional materials, and failed once again to provide any raises.

To hear some of those teachers in their own words, click below:

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11 Comments

  1. PhilNC

    July 29, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    It is now time to see the results of the Republican legislative actions. Will the cuts in education to subsidize corporations and millionaires be offset by new jobs? Will companies come rushing to North Carolina now that they can pay taxes equal to or lower than neighboring states? Will prospective companies be satisfied that there is an educated work force in North Carolina with all the cuts in education? Will companies be attracted to a state where there are questionable social issues — abortion, guns, gay rights — that will directly affect their current employees as well as potential new workers? Will prospective companies be satisfied the infrastructure to support them and their workers is reliable? Only time will tell.

  2. Doug

    July 29, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Wow, looks like they may have finally pushed over 1,000 for the Monday hootfest even accounting for your favorable camera angles. Good going, 0.0125% of NC residents show up!

  3. Rev. Carl Johnson

    July 29, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    The answer to those questions is simply, NO! And the GOP doesn’t care.

  4. puellagina

    July 30, 2013 at 12:10 am

    The numbers have been over a thousand for a while, Doug. If you don’t trust the media, you ought to come on out and see for yourself! Everyone is welcome, and if you don’t understand the issues (as I suspect), there are plenty of friendly folks to explain things to you.

  5. Jim Wiseman

    July 30, 2013 at 8:20 am

    All those out-of-state goons brought in for Amoral Moday will protest whatever you want them to protest. Take them away and you have a handful people with nothing better to do.

  6. gregflynn

    July 30, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Sounds like some remedial math is in order for the crowd-denier crowd. Here’s an N&O overhead shot of the crowd filling Fayetteville Street at the end of the march. If you don’t believe the N&O, then view my on-the-ground eyewitness accounts:

    Huge crowd at Moral Monday on Halifax Mall

    Fayetteville St crowded with Moral Monday inside agitators and teachers

  7. jlp75

    July 30, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Funny Doug considering the pathetic crowd at the “Thankful Tuesday” rally could not have been made favorable from any camera angle. Let’s see a diverse crowd of thousands is unhappy with your performance while a group of 100 gray hairs is thankful. Hell they probably only came for the free food afterwards. That probably saved them a few bucks for the early bird special on Wednesday afternoon. It seems to me like the GOP is headed in the wrong direction.

  8. Doug

    July 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    well, flynn. Guess I was wrong. By my estimate on the pixel count and people per a given square they are at around 1,500 people in that picture….being generous in that I assumed all parts were as concentrated as the most populated portion. Good going….oh, and N&O is noted for their tight shots of these things when it comes to their causes so I assume this was the majority of the crowd. Quite pathetic considering the blather that goes on about these things.

  9. allison33

    July 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Doug, you forgot the best part: 1500 and GROWING. Can’t thank you enough for your corrected count.
    More and more people are reading/viewing about the A.L.E.C. agenda for the 1%, which is what this is really all about. I assume you know all about that, and that you are one of the uber-rich one per-centers, otherwise we expect to see you at the next Moral Monday, right?

  10. gregflynn

    July 30, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    That picture showed half the length of the block of Fayetteville Street between Hargett and Morgan. In addition there are broad sidewalks on each side under the trees, each about 2/3 the width of the vehicular way, where a similar number of people were gathered in the shade. So multiply that number by four before you even count those still arriving from Hargett Street having walked down Salisbury from Halifax Mall.

  11. puellagina

    July 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    What’s most amazing is that people show up week after week! Committed to the cause and won’t back down. These are not people from other states, Jim. Go see for yourself. The truth shall set you free.