Chris Hart-Williams | Editor-in-Chief 


Once again N.C. NAACP President Rev. William Barber led several social justice groups and hundreds of participants in what has been dubbed Moral Monday.

Since the 2013 N.C. legislative sessions demonstrators have organized for the grassroots movement .

The series of protests last year drew media attention statewide and nationally.

On Monday, in protest of policies passed by N.C. Governor Pat McCrory and the Republican majority in the state legislature , hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Raleigh for the first Moral Monday of 2014.

Unemployment Benefits, Teacher Pay, Medicaid Expansion, Voting Rights and other topics of debate were voiced by protesters.

Most of the crowd walked two by two from Raleigh’s Bicentennial Mall into the N.C. General Assembly building with tape covering their mouths.

Barber criticized the Legislative Services Commission new rules, requiring visitors to speak quietly when inside the General Assembly Building to resist arrest.

Barber said speaking quietly would be simply following his opponents wants. He urged participants to follow his lead and tape their mouths closed before entering be the General Assembly.

No arrests were made Monday. In 2013 945 protesters were  arrested in the series of Moral Monday marches, according to Barber.

Listen to Rev. William Barber’s Speech at the protest.