Moral Monday protesters appear in court, take plea deals

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Fourteen Moral Monday protestors appeared in a Raleigh courtroom Friday to deal with their May arrests at the General Assembly.

WTVD-TV reported that they were charged with second-degree trespassing, a class three misdemeanor that’s punishable by up to 20 days in jail.

The charges stem from a late May sit-in at House Speaker Thom Tillis’ office. The protesters wanted to confront Tillis about what they believe to be harmful legislation, such as denying Medicaid expansion, cutting unemployment benefits, and passing a tax plan they say hurts the poor.

“The way the Legislature is rolling over the needs of the poor, the elderly like me, I’m 78, and fortunately I don’t need Medicaid, but lots of people I know do,” explained Rev. “Dick” Weston-Jones – who was one of the protestors arrested.

Another issue motivating many of the activists involves education and low wages for teachers.

“We are treating our teachers as if they are day laborers. We are going to ruin our school system,” said Weston-Jones.

Although the protestors never did get to talk to Tillis directly, they’re still hopeful that this will at least get his attention.

“I’d at least hope that, if anything, we raise awareness, to let him know that we are watching him, and we’re not going to go away,” offered protestor Rev. C. Anthony Jones.

The protestors pleaded guilty in exchange for serving 25 hours of community service. The charges will also be wiped from their records.

8 comments

  • Tear Drop

    Why have the charges wiped from their record? Thats the problem with these idiots….they never get in trouble for wasting others times and this is exactly why you have the idiots continuously doing it!

  • Doc Bennett

    So that is the way to get a way with a crime….get yourself a catchy name (Moral Monday, Weatherman Underground, etc) get the news media to cover your crime, claim to be doing it to help the poor, get church members to donate big $ to you and then get community service.

    • Doc Bennett

      NEWS Flash-Please have a news crew at Bank of America Monday for our MayDay Protest. We are going to B of A and protest them having all that $ and we will take it for redistribution. Then when we get caught we will ask for community service.

  • stantheman

    Immoral Monday. They need to change their name. Another group wanting something from taxpayers. These people are sick that would would follow someone like Barber, a rev that don’t mind telling lies. Nancy Piglose must give them pointers.

  • Faye Daniels

    Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless or corrupt. ~ Gandhi

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