Protests are nothing new at the legislative building. Before the GOP takeover two years ago, conservative activists held mass rallies. In July 2001, about 700 showed up at the “Tar Heel Tea Party” to protest a proposed tax increase. According to an Associated Press account, protesters in the House gallery chanted “No new taxes!” and threw tea bags onto the chamber floor. One protester was escorted from the gallery. None were arrested.
There have been over 700 arrests since the Moral Monday Protests began in Raleigh. Teachers, preachers, retired persons, students are being arrested. Reporters covering the story have been arrested. One woman was arrested for yelling “shame on you” as legislators voted on an anti-abortion bill that could be one of the most restrictive in the nation, leaving only one clinic open in the entire state.
There aren’t enough prosecutors to take each case to court. The expense of arrested people for misdemeanors must be enormous and I’d love to know that number. Worst of all, with NC having the fifth highest unemployment in the nation and some of the highest corporate taxes, we don’t really need to make ourselves look so freaking backward! No one wants to come here while these loonies erode our civil rights in the legislature. How about LISTENING to the people that you serve?