RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than 80 people are facing criminal charges after the seventh week of protests led by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP.
The NAACP focused its near-weekly demonstrations Monday on environmental and health policies in the Republican-controlled General Assembly.
Since late April more than 450 demonstrators have left the General Assembly in handcuffs. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and supporters of what the group calls "Moral Mondays" are outraged over GOP policies that they say restrict voting access, undermine public education and hurt the poor and jobless.
NAACP chapter president William Barber says that some form of protests or other activities that draw attention to Republican policies will continue even after legislators adjourn their regular yearly session.