Thank North Carolina's Moral Monday Protesters for Standing Up for Justice
This year, the GOP took power in the North Carolina state house and governor's mansion for the first time since Reconstruction. Once in office, Republicans didn't lose any time implementing a radical right-wing agenda. In the past two months, they have declined the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, ended unemployment benefits for 71,000 people, repealed a law that allowed death-row inmates to challenge sentences based on racial bias and pushed for a host of voting restrictions that threaten to disenfranchise college students and people of color.
Legislators even attempted to impose draconian restrictions on abortion rights by attaching them first to so-called "anti-Sharia" legislation and then to a motorcycle safety bill.
In the face of all of this, the people of North Carolina are fighting back. Beginning on April 29, a coalition lead by the North Carolina NAACP has been staging inspiring weekly nonviolent protests at their statehouse, called Moral Mondays. So far, more than 900 activists have been arrested.
Join The Nation in thanking the Moral Monday protesters and telling them we've got their back. Then, if you can, head to the North Carolina NAACP and give a donation to keep Moral Mondays going strong.
Moral Monday activists, including the original 17 protesters. (Eric Etheridge)
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