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Moral Monday’s message: It’s about people
Charlotte rally takes swipe at McCrory, GOP
Published Tuesday, August 20, 2013 8:28 pm
by Herbert L. White

Charlotte’s Moral Monday was part pep rally, part church revival and all protest.

Protesters hold signs critical of N.C. Sen. Phil Berger, Gov. Pat McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis on Aug. 19 at Marshall Park. Moral Monday protests against the state's right-wing policies moved from the state capitol in Raleigh to Charlotte and Manteo.

The crowd at Marshall Park – police estimated 2,000 participants – voiced their indignation at policies backed by North Carolina’s Republican-dominated General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory, a former Charlotte mayor.

“Hey, hey, ho, ho,” protesters chanted. “Pat McCrory has got to go.”

Moral Monday, a three-month demonstration campaign at the state capital, is spreading across N.C. While protesters rallied at Marshall Park, another march took place in Manteo in the east. The NAACP launched Moral Mondays, but like the recent Raleigh protests, Charlotte participants came from various racial, age and economic backgrounds.

“That goes to show how much it’s hitting home,” Norris said. “It’s not just affecting one race, it’s affecting all races and we’re all American citizens that pay taxes and have money taken out of our paychecks. Why can’t we get it back now that we need it?”

Said Mary Ellison, 60, of Charlotte: “I think the numbers make a difference. When you have a bunch of people at a rally, that means we’re tired of it, we don’t like what’s going on and we need to stop it.”

The targets of their anger were many: stagnation in education spending, anti-abortion laws and changes in the tax code, among others.

The crowd was especially riled over what UNC-Chapel Hill Center of Poverty, Work and Opportunity director Gene Nichol called “the Mecklenburg trio” of McCrory, House Speaker Thom Tillis and Sen. Bob Rucho. The Rev. Dwayne Walker of Little Rock AME Zion Church challenged the morality of reversing N.C.’s moderate stance.

“There’s nothing wrong with doing the right thing,” he said. “We’re here to tell the right wing to do the right thing.”

Timothy Norris, 51, joined the rally to protest the cancellation of N.C.’s participation in a federal unemployment benefits program while curtailing state benefits.

“I can identify with these people as far as being unemployed and things that are going on,” he said. “We work as American citizens and pay our money and then to take it and put it somewhere else, what about us? We deserve what we work for, not nobody else.”

Mary Ellison, 60, showed up to support the extension of Medicaid insurance for low-income residents and reproductive rights for women.

“I don’t like what’s going on up in Raleigh,” the Charlotte resident said. “I have quite a few people that are on Medicaid and if (McCrory) stops that it would be a bad conclusion.”


Here is a video from Moral Monday Charlotte Here's a video form Moral Monday Charlotte http://youtu.be/L9DnGrg9Bp0
Posted on August 28, 2013

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