From wral.com/ – RALEIGH, N.C. — More than four dozen people were arrested Monday evening in a protest by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP – its third consecutive week of protests and arrests – outside the Senate chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly.
In what state NAACP President Rev. William Barber II is calling “Moral Mondays,” an estimated 175 people showed up to speak out against what the civil rights group and other activists say is a Republican-backed regressive agenda on social programs, voting rights, education and tax policy – actions that disproportionately hurt the poor and minorities.
This week’s protest focused on labor rights and tax reform. Republicans have pitched plans to lower corporate and income taxes by broadening sales taxes, which critics argue disproportionately hurts the poor. They’ve also pushed for new bills further weakening labor unions in a state that already has so-called right-to-work laws.
Protestors held up signs saying “Worker’s rights are union rights” and led booming call-and-response chants of “This is what Democracy looks like!” and “fight, fight, fight!” Read more…