MORAL MONDAY - A grassroots movement against politics of the North Carolina Republican Party and Governor Pat McCrory in regard to voting rights, cutting social programs, changes in tax legislation, the repeal of the Racial Justice Act, and restrictions to abortion rights. (From Wikipedia – they said it as well as I could have - I would only add 'yada yada yada')
In the 2012 general election, the voters of North Carolina chose a Republican governor, Pat McCrory, (the last Republican governor was Jim Martin, elected in 1985) and the Republicans expanded their majority in both state houses (which they took for the first time in over 110 years in the 2010 election.) This gave Republicans control of both the legislative and executive branch for the first time since 1870. As an aside, the political power in North Carolina is in the legislature, NOT in the Governor’s mansion.
So…. Up pops civil disobedience protests against actions by the REPUBLICAN legislature. (Interesting that in all the time the Dems ran the state, nothing was worthy of protest.) The modus operandi of the protests is to gather outside the Legislature Building, have a protest on the topic of the week, and then some of the protesters enter the building where they are peacefully arrested and escorted out - thus garnering headlines form the left-wing media. According to Raleigh police, more than 900 people have been arrested during over a dozen protests during the 2013 legislative session.
We now arrive at the topic de jour...
The opening sentence in an article about North Carolina’s new Voter ID law in the August 12, 2013 Washington Post reads:
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Monday signed into law one of the nation's most wide-ranging Voter ID laws.
The article continues:
The measure requires voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls and shortens the early voting period from 17 to 10 days. It will also end pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-old voters who will be 18 on Election Day and eliminates same-day voter registration.
And the closing paragraph says:
McCrory also recently signed an extensive new abortion restrictions law -- another move that has earned him significant opposition from the political left. [Read the abortion article here:
Back to Moral Monday……. (Moral Monday was the brainchild of Rev. William Barber II - President of the NAACP of North Carolina). There have been protests against North Carolina’s Marriage Amendment, plans to reduce education funding (FINALLY!) and changes to NC abortion laws. In addition to making headlines with his protests, Barber also drew criticism in January for labeling REPUBLICAN South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the first African American to serve the state as a senator since 1881, a “ventriloquist’s dummy.”
Fast-forward to last Saturday, 2/8/14, a weekend march against legislation requiring voter ID. Organizers predicted 20-30,000 people would take part in the ‘march’. In fact, this was called a Moral March on Raleigh, since it wasn’t held on a Monday.
This is a picture that ran in the Raleigh N&O of the 'crowd.' Raleigh police declined to estimate the crowd size..... but would you JUST LOOK at all those people!
That was all background for the point of this post.
Event organizers pass out an instruction packet to all the protesters, most of whom are members of other left-wing organizations, and many of whom are bussed in to Raleigh each week.
Here is a portion of Do’s and Don’ts if you want to take part in these protests….
NOW THAT’S FUNNY RIGHT THERE! It should also embarrass anyone who can READ!