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Have You Heard of the ‘Moral Mondays’ Protests?

Have You Heard of the ‘Moral Mondays’ Protests?

| On 17, Feb 2014

Moral Mondays protest Raleigh North Carolina

A Raleigh “Moral Mondays” protest on June 24, 2013. (Photo by Travis Long / News & Observer)

I always tell people that politics is more than just what is happening in Congress and the White House.

Lots of interesting things are going on at the state and local level of politics — even right in your own community. In North Carolina, a movement has been brewing for months now to address some serious inequities in governance and the GOP takeover of state politics. Issues such as teacher pay, voter access, and income inequality, to name a few, have taken center stage in the debate about the direction the state is headed.

Here’s where the “Moral Mondays” protests were born about a year ago. Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, began the protests with support from several civic groups. The idea was to protest every Monday in the state capital of Raleigh to let mostly Republican lawmakers no their vision for the state was not suitable for the people. Protesters engage in civil disobedience and a small percentage of arrests have been common at the gatherings.

What started out as a protests of a few hundred have now grown to one of an estimated 80,000 – 100,000, as of the last gathering in Raleigh on February 8.

During that time of the Moral Mondays expansion, the influence of the protests grew beyond just Raleigh. Other North Carolina cities, such as Charlotte and Asheville, also saw protests of the same vain. The movement has taken legs in Georgia as well, with some protesters recently arrested in Atlanta while pushing a repeal of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

All in all, movements like “Moral Mondays” aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. As more corporate money invades politics and Republicans try to secure their death-grip on statehouses, I expect to see even more people take to the streets in frustration. The “Moral Mondays” movements represents grassroots activism in a very true form.

Let’s remember that the Tea Party didn’t discount their own movement when they took to the streets to protests issues — many times with no real basis at all. Think about it.

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