It was a Moral Monday of epic proportions as busloads of educators from across North Carolina added to the already large numbers protesting in Raleigh. The weekly demonstrations against North Carolina Republican policies , now in their third month, saw one of it’s largest crowds ever on Monday.
Members of the North Carolina Association of Educators came out en masse to the protest wearing red shirts in a sign of unity – “Wear Red for Public Ed” was their call to action. Thousands of educators joined protesters from across North Carolina and marched on the state Capitol together. There were no mass arrests as there had been on prior Mondays.
At a press conference, NCAE President Rodney Ellis said, “Educators are sick and tired of being demoralized. We’re sick and tired of being unappreciated. We’re sick and tired of being disrespected. Public educators and public schools are not failing our students, politicians are.”
Before the march, a smaller group of educators had gathered outside the Capitol building to ask for a meeting with Gov. Pat McCrory. Capitol police would not let the delegation inside, but said they would pass along the message to the governor.
As the legislative session winds down, North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber said the Moral Monday protests will continue, moving to different locations around the Tar Heel State. Next week’s protest will take the group to Asheville, and they plan to bring their message to every corner of North Carolina.
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