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NC State Legislature Targets Moral Monday Demonstrations with New Rules

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Moral Monday NCYou’re a North Carolina politician and you’re being investigated by the SBI- what do you do, hotshot? Put the SBI under your control. You’re a North Carolina politician and the people you have put in charge of the State’s DHHS, DENR, and Board of Elections have overseen disaster after disaster- what do you do, hotshot? Blame the Feds.

You’re getting yourself roughed up and challenged by a protest movement organized and populated by people who are angry at your policies- what do you do, hotshot? Change the rules to make sure that those demonstrations cannot continue in the same way.

In a quiet corner of the state government called the Legislative Services Commission, new rules about access to the North Carolina’s legislative building are being rewritten for the first time since 1987. In a move clearly aimed at the Moral Monday movement, Republicans on the committee hope to limit any demonstration or event on the property of the legislative building to 200 people or fewer.

With the Moral Monday demonstrations bringing tens of thousands of protesters from around North Carolina, restricting the event to 200 people would effectively shut down the movement and the demonstrations that have been pulling in reams of bad press for the Republican supermajority and McCrory Administration since they began in 2013. According to some lawmakers, these changes were instigated by a judge’s admonishment that the old rules needed clarification. This request was made during a series of trials for Moral Monday arrestees.

TVNL Comment:  What a great example of "American Exceptionalism." - muzzling the protesters.  Disgraceful, but not surprising...


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