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Sixty-Four Arrested at 'Moral Monday' Protest in North Carolina

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Moral Monday, State Senate, North Carolina, 64 arrested, Abortion Access, Protest )

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The bill passed last week by the State Senate required abortion clinics to conform to the same safety standards as ambulatory survey centers, a requirement currently met by only one of the state's clinics. Watch the video notice who is being arrested.

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Kit B (276)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 3:58 pm

These are not anti-abortion laws. The press keeps using that term but it is not accurate. These are clearly anti-women laws. They imply that women can not and would not make a good decision about their own life.
Whether it is Ohio, Kansas, Texas or North Carolina (I'm sure I missed a few) each state has tried to stand on some legal ground claiming a need to protect women. Have women been dying from abortions? No. (I will not include a serial killer) That alone invalidates the premise. If all procedures currently done within a doctor's office were included they might have had a footing, but zeal to interfere and dictate to women gave them away.

Women across the country are standing up for each other and protesting these 19th century attempts to restrain women from making their own choices.

If this country wants to take on women again, we will stand together and be arrested if that is the only way to get the attention of those in charge. In charge, that phrase makes me queasy.

Here we go again.

Dandelion G (367)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 3:58 pm
I'm so proud of my generation, if you watch the video you will see what I mean.

Another story you might want to read and has a lot of great photos of the people standing up to this is at the link below.
North Carolina GOP Attaches Abortion Restrictions to Motorcycle Safety Bill with NO Public Notice

Dandelion G (367)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:00 pm
Indeed Kit, here we go again. As I said, look at the ages in the video. Here we go again.

Roseann d (178)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:00 pm
I am surprised women aren't leaving these states in droves. I know I would.

Animae C (512)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:06 pm
Looks to me there's massive contradictions in the US.

j A (282)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:08 pm
Moral Mondays is the faith community protesting the budgets and legislation designed to harm poor people. Sojourners has a petition now for others to join them in support of Moral Mondays:

The history of MM is covered in this article from :

Moral Mondays
by Jim Wallis 07-11-2013 | 11:24am

I often talk about faith as something that is personal, but never private. Each of us must take responsibility for the beliefs we hold and must personally wrestle with life’s most fundamental questions. But once we have decided to follow Jesus, we cannot help but live out our personal beliefs in public ways. The demands of the gospel refuse us the option of a purely inward spirituality.

As anyone who has read my writings over the years will know, Matthew 25 is a text at the very core of my faith. It is the scripture that brought me back to Christ. In Jesus’ call to welcome the stranger and care about the least of these, we are challenged as Christians to love those whom the world too often neglects. In a culture driven by self-interest, God call us to care about the common good and about how our public policies affect the most vulnerable. In a world where money and power bring influence, Jesus asks us to give attention to the poor, the weak, and the marginalized.

While there are times when those in power listen to the guidance of moral and religious leaders, far too often we’re asked to be prophets. In the face of opposition, we pick up our crosses and lift up our voices on behalf of the disadvantaged.

In North Carolina, pastors and civil rights leaders, along with thousands of others, have been living out their personal faith in a very public way. Since late April, dozens of faith leaders and hundreds of others have been arrested at the state capitol as part of an ongoing protest called “Moral Mondays.”

What would motivate these leaders to take such a strong stand at such a personal cost?

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and conservative majorities in both chambers of the state legislature have pushed a rigid budget agenda that has cut benefits to more than 70,000 people without jobs, restricted access to health care for low-income people, and attacked voting rights. The legislature is working on a tax cut for the wealthy and corporations while increasing the burden on struggling families.

Pastors in North Carolina are putting their faith into action because their elected officials are ignoring the views and values of the people they are supposed to be representing. As the Rev. Dr. William Barber II, a pastor in Goldsboro and the president of the NAACP in North Carolina, said, “We had to stand up as a coalition — not liberal vs. conservative (that’s too small, too limited, too tired), or Republican vs. Democrat. We had to [give] a moral challenge because these policies they were passing, in rapid-fire, were constitutionally inconsistent, morally indefensible, and economically insane.”

Across our country, too many pastors from too many churches in too many towns are far too timid when it comes to following the gospel call in Matthew 25. In this passage, Jesus offers a vision of God’s kingdom where caring for vulnerable people is the defining mark:

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:35-36, 40)

God is far bigger than a single political party. There are many paths and policies for addressing poverty, reforming our broken immigration system, responding to climate change, and healing the racial divides that continue in our society. But what we cannot accept, nor allow, is for our own leaders to willfully exacerbate our problems and directly harm people who are already suffering — to sacrifice the common good to their own ideological agendas. In such moments and times, people of faith must speak out — not for the sake of politics, but because the beauty and simplicity of the gospel demands it.

What is happening in North Carolina is remarkable and inspiring. It is also effective. The media is taking notice, and people are responding from all directions. Sadly, more than one elected leader has resorted to name-calling, with one legislator describing the protests as “Moron Mondays.”

It is clear which side has the moral high ground.

A diversity of issues is at play among protestors in North Carolina. Many, including myself, may not agree with their whole agenda. But a common purpose drives them: that those elected to serve must truly be the servant of all by governing toward the common good. Until North Carolina’s elected officials start listening to the faith community and change their ways, I stand with the pastors and civil rights leaders getting arrested every Monday in Raleigh. And I want to add my voice to theirs.

Sign this petition and join me in showing North Carolina’s elected leaders that the whole country is watching, and we’re praying for those hurt by their actions."

Dandelion G (367)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:13 pm
Thank you JL A for the additional information. The hotlink to the Petition she gave is below.

Petition Stand In Support With the Faith Leaders of Moral Monday

Sue M (79)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:21 pm
good grief

Barb K (1684)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 8:26 pm
Thank you for supporting our brothers and sisters in North Carolina!
I live here in NC so I was more than happy to sign! TYSM Dandelion for posting and JL for the petition!

Terry V (30)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 8:33 pm

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 8:35 pm
Thank you Dandelion! ThankX to all who noted, added links, and you for making it easy for me to sign JLA's petition.

Thank you for supporting our brothers and sisters in North Carolina!

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 8:38 pm
If the government of North Carolina is going to wage war on women, then the people need to make a citizen's arrest of the government of North Carolina. Just because a pinhead is wealthy that doesn't mean they should be allowed to rule.

Edith B (146)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 9:59 pm
Thanks, Sheryl. I signed the petition and the thank you to Tose who resisted and were arrested.

Maureen C (4)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 10:28 pm
'Tis a pity that the next election is so far away: this N. Carolina government can do a lot of damage before you can turf them out!

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 11:37 pm
Noted ! Thanks!

Glenn B (194)
Friday July 12, 2013, 12:14 am
Noted. Thank you.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Friday July 12, 2013, 12:19 am
Noted & Shared. Thanks Dandelion.

Jaime A (51)
Friday July 12, 2013, 1:11 am
Noted, thanks.!!

Lynn D (0)
Friday July 12, 2013, 2:07 am

Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday July 12, 2013, 3:27 am
Why don't they just shoot us and get it over with?

Angelika R (143)
Friday July 12, 2013, 4:09 am
Thx Sheryl and JL, petition signed (without much hope for change for better )

Dandelion G (367)
Friday July 12, 2013, 5:59 am
There is always Hope when people take a Stand and finally more and more seem to be taking a stand or giving a Shout out like Sarah Slamen.

Arielle S (313)
Friday July 12, 2013, 6:55 am
As Einstein said, "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds". We should not have to fight this battle again - but we will.

Dandelion G (367)
Friday July 12, 2013, 8:50 am
They leave us little choice Arielle. I just unfortunately don't have as much wind in my sail. The youth will have to rise up in larger numbers.

. (0)
Friday July 12, 2013, 9:21 am

. (0)
Friday July 12, 2013, 10:08 am
Women always have to keep fighting. It's been this way for as long as I recall=and fight we will. Without hope and a fighting spirit, it will always remain the same for us.

. (0)
Friday July 12, 2013, 10:09 am
sorry ty Sheryl and all who supplied links

Terrie W (798)
Friday July 12, 2013, 10:29 am
Signed. TY, Sheryl

SusanAWAY A (219)
Friday July 12, 2013, 10:34 am
Noted and shared. Unfortunately, this is my state. This is one of the major reasons I'm going to move away from NC. The nuts in our legislature and our governor are moving so fast that I'm afraid they will destroy the state before I can get my house on the market, sold and move.

End CrueltyDeb W (152)
Friday July 12, 2013, 11:20 am
Morality is seriously taking a nose dive in the USA!

Dandelion G (367)
Friday July 12, 2013, 11:22 am
Put it up for sale in the Republican journals Susan. I know if I was looking to buy right now there are several of the States that I would not consider moving to. It's getting crazy, it is becoming fewer States that offer some sanity in which to live.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Friday July 12, 2013, 5:29 pm
These horrible, horrible people think they are being moral and we are not. Seriously. Their concept of morality is that distorted. I read Sojourners' blogs (not just Jim, as many as I can - Mark Sandlin is one I particularly appreciate), and if I am fool enough to stray into the comments I get nauseated by the way they are excoriated by people calling themselves Christians, just for explaining what it means to follow Jesus. I have lived, even owned property, in North Carolina, but no more. I signed this yesterday from the Sojourners' email

Susan, it is a fact that 10% of realtors initiate 90% of sales. You might not sell faster with just any realtor, but if you can connect with one of the 10% you may get out faster, and obviously that is an issue.

Angelene B (148)
Friday July 12, 2013, 5:44 pm

Janet R (38)
Friday July 12, 2013, 6:07 pm
It is shameful what the states are doing to women. Really, we are becoming 2nd class citizens, incapable and too stupid to make our decisions about our bodies and having children. I just so angry at these people meddling in women's decisions. If you are against abortion, don't have one. It's no ones business why a woman would choose to have an abortion. It doesn't matter if personally don't understand, mind your business. It's so frustrating. The real purpose of these laws is so that they will challenged as unconstitutional and they are hoping that they will be taken up by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade. In my mind, that's the real intent.

Ravenna C (20)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 12:41 am
Forget the war on terror...There is a real war on women right here, right now! This is just intolerable!

divergent revolution (309)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 8:49 am
it's Shame,that we are the majority of the population,but are treated like a minority
why is that?????????
w need more actions like this, and maybe an international strike in the bedroom?

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 9:16 pm
Noted. Many thanks, Dandelion. Petition at bottom of page signed to support Moral Mondays.

Devon Leonard (54)
Friday July 19, 2013, 8:14 pm
We can't let up on this one..... Every girl, woman, and caring human being needs to stand up for our rights lest we lose them. Which is what is happening in N Carolina and other states right now......... This will not take care of it self without our focused attention. This thievery of our rights must be put to shame and these archaic polititions voted out of office...................
Thanks dandelion....Petition signed and shared
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