RALEIGH, N.C. — The 11th ‘Moral Monday’ protest at the state legislative building focused on the rights and leadership of women and decried the acquittal of George Zimmerman, WRAL reports.
The protests, led by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, have drawn thousands from across the state and made headlines across the country, most recently in the New York Times.
About 100 people were arrested Monday on charges of disorderly conduct, trespassing and violating building rules, bringing the total number of arrests over 800.
N.C. NAACP President Rev. William Barber II said women have been a critical part of the ‘Moral Monday’ movement, even before both the Senate and the House tacked sweeping abortion legislation onto unrelated bills in recent weeks.
“When we started Moral Mondays and the first group went to jail, the women were at the front line,” he told WRAL “The sisters are here, the sisters have been here and the sisters are here to stay.”
Barber became visibly emotional as he explained that he planned to be absent from Monday’s protest but returned early from the NAACP National Convention after hearing the Zimmerman verdict.
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