North Carolina Peaceful Uprising Continues
Protestors cheer at Halifax Mall in support of "Moral Mondays" protests at the General Assembly in Raleigh on June 3, 2013. At least 1,000 people attended a rally on Halifax Mall, and 151 people were arrested when they refused to leave the Legislative Building. The group is protesting the policies of the Republican lawmakers. (Photo: Chris Seward)
Doubling the number of people arrested overall in a single day, 151 people were arrested at this week's 'Moral Monday' protest as they tried to enter the Senate chamber at the state house in Raleigh, North Carolina. Yesterday's protest, according to local outlet WRAL, was the largest demonstration yet since the state chapter of the NAACP and other civil rights groups began protesting "GOP policies on social programs, education, criminal justice and taxes" more than five weeks ago. Smaller groups of people had been arrested at previous actions, but each time the number grows as more people attend and the group's energy increases.
"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."..... More here.