(CBS Charlotte) — The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP held a continuation protest in Charlotte last night, after several protesters were arrested on Moral Monday.
The chapter is in its fifth consecutive week of holding Moral Monday’s at the Statehouse in Raleigh. The demonstrations were created to stand against many Republican initiatives, such as denying medicaid to certain people who are in need, changing voting requirements, and cutting unemployment benefits.
This past Monday, more than 150 people were arrested during the protest — and about a dozen of those individuals reside in Charlotte.
The continuation protest was hosted at the Little Rock AME Zion Church. Around 100 people were in attendance to support the NC NAACP’s efforts. During the gathering, several leaders spoke out about their arrests and their true initiatives — which they feel are often misconstrued.
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The NC NAACP insists that they stand for all people, not just African-Americans. “From the poor white child who needs food and medicaid, to the unemployed Latino woman, we stand for everyone who needs justice. Don’t miss it, and don’t get it twisted,” said the main speaker.
While the NC NAACP has no plans of discontinuing Moral Mondays, Governor Pat McCrory has called for an end to the demonstrations — calling them “unlawful.”
-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte
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