Moral Monday Plans
Moral Monday protesters plan a huge march next month in Raleigh against the North Carolina legislature.
The Reverend Doctor William Barber says the movement will continue demonstrations against what they call "discriminatory and unjust laws" passed by the legislature.
An eager crowd applaud the entrance of the president of the North Carolina NAACP. Reverend Dr. Barber and others organized the Moral Monday weekly protests last year against unjust laws they say were passed by the legislature.
"It's not about party, it's about principal, it's just wrong, and that's why we're going to march and that's why we're going to motivate, that's why we're going to move, and that's why we're going to the polls," said Rev. Dr. William Barber.
Barber has led growing crowds of people to protest a Republican-dominated general assembly and Republican governor's reduction of unemployment benefits and social programs. Standing with him in Asheville, people who have been arrested for protesting at the legislature building. He announced to the crowd that prosecutors dropped charges against more than 50 of those arrested. Cuts to unemployment benefits, medicaid benefits and education have been targets of the protests.
"Our constitution guarantees a right to everybody have a sound, basic, quality education, it's morally indefensible, it's economically insane," said Rev. Dr. Barber.
The governor has challenged the Moral Monday effort. But for 2014, Raleigh and other cities can expect more protests beginning with one March February 8th in Raleigh. The war on new state laws will become the focus of Barber's 15 appearances across the state in the weeks ahead.
The appearances continue at Brevard College tonight. Barber will meet with a new chapter of the NAACP that's formed in Transylvania County.