Demonstrators flocked to the state Capitol in Raleigh, N.C. on Monday, turning the 13th consecutive weekly gathering into what authorities called the largest protest yet.
This week’s Moral Monday rally against the state GOP agenda came three days after lawmakers left the Capitol for the summer. Without official legislative business, the rally led to little police activity against the type of civil disobedience that has resulted in more than 900 arrests over the past three months. But that didn’t stop thousands of protesters from joining together to oppose a number of issues championed by Republicans, who control both chambers of the state Legislature and the governorship.
WRAL reported that educators turned out in droves to denounce a budget adopted by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) last week. The bill didn’t include raises for the state’s teachers, which are already among the lowest-paid in the country. It also effectively ended teacher tenure, eliminated bonuses for educators with higher degrees and approved a $20 million for “opportunity scholarships” that opponents say looks like a school voucher system.