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A man is arrested outside the House and Senate chambers at the state legislature during the NAACP-led

Gerry Broome

A man is arrested outside the House and Senate chambers at the state legislature during the NAACP-led "Moral Monday" protests at the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, July 1, 2013. The rally this week highlighted the first day federal unemployment benefits that were cut off for 70,000 people. North Carolina is the first state to disqualify itself from collecting extended benefits as state leaders choose to pay down a debt to the federal government faster. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Editorial: No place for intimidation

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The men and women arrested each week during the “Moral Monday” protests at the Legislative Building know they will face charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and failure to disperse. Until recently, however, they could not expect that their name to land in an online database compiled by a right-wing advocacy group once funded by the state budget director.

The Civitas Institute, which maintains the listing on its website, is violating no law in compiling this public information and claims to be merely fighting back against the protesters’ message. But the organization’s connection to Art Pope, the conservative financier who Gov. Pat McCrory tapped to write the state budget, gives the database a more sinister overtone and makes the practice highly questionable.

As is now typical in Raleigh, a large crowd gathered on Monday night to decry the work of the Republican-led General Assembly. North Carolina Democrats and their supporters cannot halt legislation and therefore seek to offer a rhetorical counterpoint through protest and civil disobedience.

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*history repeats itself. mlk

*history repeats itself. mlk frequently broke laws to purposely get arrested just to bring attention to something. same thing here. *these folks are mad because some of their lollipops have been taken away and think if they throw a fit over it they'll get their lollipops back. not necessarily so. the lollipop man is running out of lollipops and patience for the takers of this world. *this editorial makes me feel uncomfortable.

If you volunteer to get arrested?

If you volunteer to get arrested I would think you were doing it to attract attention. Right? So why be distressed when you get that attention? It is just politics. Politics on the part of the protesters and politics on the opposing side. The protests are a good cheap source of politics for the Democrats. I am surprised though that they have gotten the NAACP on board for the abortion bill protests. I find it hard to believe that a civil rights organization would support abortions. But then again that is politics too.

Oatmeal

"If you volunteer to get arrested I would think you were doing it to attract attention. Right? So why be distressed when you get that attention? " Could not be better stated.

Public information

So by the "standards" of the Daily Reflector, now releasing public information is intimidation. Who ever wrote this editorial would be be embarrassed if they had an ounce of honesty. Instead they are nothing more than a hack.Surely you could have done better.

no retreat -no surrender

One thing for certain, intimidation against the protesters on Moral Mondays is not working. Both the number of protestors and those being arrested continue to grow. In the long run, the protestors will win and that will be confirmed in the next round of electing our legislators.

Deros Hypocrisy

deros wrote:
One thing for certain, intimidation against the protesters on Moral Mondays is not working. Both the number of protestors and those being arrested continue to grow. In the long run, the protestors will win and that will be confirmed in the next round of electing our legislators.
This from someone (deros) who had no problem with the lies that Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter spread about Mitt Romney.Deros how many times did you post about Romney's tax returns and income?

Deros is a master hack.

Deros is a master hack.

Intimidation & the NAACP

Are you implying that the NAACP has never used intimidation? I personally think the NAACP has often used intimidation in their campaigns. Who has the exclusive right to use intimidation? Civatas? The NAACP? The Daily Reflector? The DR publishes jail booking photos itself.

The tone of this editorial is intimidating and sinister

When you start "going after" an individual because of his political views in the manner stated in this editorial, I think you have crossed the line. The courts will determine the judgement if the people violated the law but for you to question the stategy because "were it not for the organization’s connection to Pope. " is wrong. I should think that certain DR policies may be "effective ", if not connected to John K. Cooke Jr.,:... absolute nonsense

You mean like Obama's IRS?

You mean like Obama's IRS?

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