RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina NAACP is preparing for another round of protests at the General Assembly following the arrest of 17 activists.
State chapter president the Rev. William Barber said Friday that more NAACP members and activists aligned with the group will engage in nonviolent demonstrations Monday with the possibility of more arrests. Religious leaders, professors, members of social justice group the Raging Grannies are expected to join the protests.
The NAACP has come out forcefully against what the group calls a regressive agenda in the Republican-led General Assembly, targeting Medicaid and unemployment benefits.
Seventeen members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and others were arrested this past Monday outside the Senate chambers of the General Assembly. All were charged with misdemeanors and later released on bond.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A protest of Republican policies at the North Carolina General Assembly has ended with the arrests of 17 people.
General Assembly police arrested members of the state chapter of the NAACP and other activists Monday outside the Senate chambers. The demonstrators called attention through prayer and song to what they called a regressive agenda.
Police Chief Jeff Weaver said the protesters will be charged.
The protest was directed at Republican action on health care, unemployment benefits, education and voting rights. The House passed a bill last week requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, which the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People views as a poll tax.
Chapter president the Rev. William Barber said more protests at the General Assembly are likely.