“We’re going to continue our acts of civil disobedience because the General Assembly has made a cruel attack on the most vulnerable people in this state,” declared Rev. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP.
A crowd of hundreds assembled outside the state’s General Assembly building in Raleigh on Monday evening in a massive act of civil disobedience—the fourth consecutive week of demonstrations dubbed ‘Moral Mondays,’ spearheaded by the civil rights group.
“What started with tens of supporters and 17 arrests,” reports the Associated Press, “has attracted hundreds of people of different age groups, races and professions to protest the policies of the General Assembly.”
The number of those being arrested has grown each week as well, with 57 protesters arrested during Monday’s action bringing the total number to 153.
Individuals are risking arrest to draw attention to the policies of GOP Governor Pat McCrory and the conservative-run General Assembly—including cuts to social programs, education reforms, a rejection of federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage, and changes to voting laws—which protesters call “an assault” on the state’s poor and unemployed.