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Conservative politicians and flaks have been tossing some remarkably uninformed barbs at the Moral Monday protesters of late. First there was Gov. McCrory’s absurd “outside agitators” crack and then there was the thinly-veiled attack on the Civil Rights movement itself by the chairperson of the Wake County GOP.

Fortunately, North Carolina blogger, writer and musician Alex Kotch of the Progresivo blog has been doing a good job of keeping track of this stuff and providing some useful history lessons.

Click here and here to read two of Kotch’s most informative recent entries.

 

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It looks like there will be big numbers once again at today’s Moral Monday protests. Friends report (and this article confirms) that two busloads of outside agitators will be coming from Asheville alone this afternoon.

Click here to watch Rev. William Barber’s response to the Civitas Institute’s offensive mug shot website about the protesters.

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 Pat McCrory 4The momentum of protests against the reactionary policy choices of the General Assembly and Governor McCrory continues to grow and evolve. The latest example: today’s “Witness Wednesday” event at which eight courageous North Carolinians — two whom are wheelchair bound and one of whom walks with a cane — were arrested and handcuffed outside the state Senate chamber while another 150 or so supporters watched and sang hymns from inside the rotunda of the Legislative Building.

The hymn singing served as an especially poignant counterpoint to the droning and disingenuous explanation of the regressive House budget bill that Appropriations subcommittee chairs were providing on the House floor at the same time.  Sounds of the singing reached lawmakers and observers in the House gallery as a kind of muffled roar for several minutes that was occasionally punctuated by fleeting seconds of unfiltered sound every time a door was opened. 

The protests inside the Legislative Building were preceded by an energetic rally out front at which Read More

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Moral MondaysWhy I’m being arrested
By Carol Teal, citizen

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. Read More