CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Moral Monday protesters made their way to Charlotte Tuesday night. Less than 24 hours after 151 people were arrested at the Statehouse in Raleigh, Charlotte’s NAACP chapter hosted a support rally at the Little Rock AME Zion Church in uptown.
About 100 people filled the pews to listen to songs and political sermons. Several of the protesters arrested Monday, attended the rally.
“We didn’t go up there to get arrested. We went to bear morale witness,” said Rev. Jay Leach, Senior Minister of Charlotte’s Unitarian Universalist Church. “These are smart people who are paying attention and they know, like I do, our state can do better than this. This isn’t what we need in North Carolina.”
The NAACP started Moral Monday protests five weeks ago. Demonstrators gather at the Statehouse in Raleigh every Monday to protest the largely Republican General Assembly and certain initiatives, like cuts to social programs and changes to voting laws.
Governor Pat McCrory has said he supports lawful protests but called the Moral Monday demonstrations ‘unlawful.’ He also said the protests were costing the taxpayers too much money.
More than 300 people have been arrested so far.
“I think Pat McCrory is a good man, a moral man in his heart,” said Rev. Rodney Sadler, a Bible Professor, “but he’s decided to pull out policies that are completely Godless.”
The rally organizers hoped to recruit more people from Charlotte, especially members of the clergy, to attend next Monday’s protests in Raleigh.