Moral Monday

Vice President Joe Biden will be traveling to the Carolinas this coming week, talking about the importance of investing in infrastructure.  Details of the trip aren’t public yet, but Biden's office said he will visit Columbia and Charleston, as well as Charlotte on Wednesday and Thursday.  Transportation Secretary and former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx will join Biden in the tour.

Charlotte Mecklenburg police say officers did nothing wrong when they arrested a man for putting flyers on cars during a Moral Monday protest on Labor Day. Tyjuan Turner was released before he was booked; CMPD gave him a citation instead. Turner says officers approached him as he was distributing the flyers and told him he was breaking a city ordinance. He also complains that he asked to see the ordinance and that officers should have taken him straight to jail instead of moving him to an empty parking lot. CMPD says police are not required to show laws or ordinances when making an arrest and that it’s routine to remove an arrestee from the scene of a possible crime to ease tension.


Today, the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) recognized Ben Bradford, WFAE news reporter, with a national Edward R. Murrow Award in the Hard News Reporting category for coverage of the Moral Monday protests in Raleigh. This is WFAE’s fourth national Murrow Award. 

Educators Meet With Senate Leader Berger After Protest

Jun 10, 2014
Travis Long / Charlotte Observer

Fifteen educators and advocates who expected to be arrested outside Senate leader Phil Berger’s office Monday night instead spent an hour talking with him about education and money.

City Reports 2nd Case Of Illegal Chemical Dumping

Feb 9, 2014

There’s been another incident of illegal dumping into Charlotte’s waste water system. The city said in a statement at 4 o’clock this morning that more of a potentially cancer-causing chemical called PCBs has been found, this time in the Sugar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, off Tyvola Road.  The illegal dumping is in the wastewater treatment system, and officials say it does NOT affect drinking water.

Charlotte Moral Monday Focuses On Voting

Aug 20, 2013
Tasnim Shamma

The state's chapter of the NAACP has been leading weekly protests in Raleigh called Moral Monday.

It's a movement led by clergy members that's now on a state-wide tour and made its latest stop in Charlotte Monday night.

N.C. Files More Suits Over Coal-Ash Runoff

Aug 18, 2013

The state of North Carolina has filed more lawsuits against Duke Energy seeking to force the utility to clean up water pollution from coal ash at 12 power plants. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources filed two lawsuits Friday in Wake and Mecklenburg counties. Those suits expand the state's litigation to all 14 of North Carolina's coal-fired plants.  Water tests at the 12 sites covered in the new suits showed chemical levels above what’s considered safe. State inspectors also have seen seeping liquid that’s not allowed under Duke’s permits.

McCrory defends N.C. and his leadership

Jul 14, 2013

Gov. Pat McCrory is defending North Carolina and his leadership, following an editorial in The New York Times last week that criticized the state's Republican leadership and recent legislative actions.

In a July 10 editorial headlined “The Decline of North Carolina,” The Times called North Carolina's current state leadership a “demolition derby tearing down years of progress in public education, tax policy, racial equality” and voting rights. 

Ben Bradford / WFAE

About 80 people were arrested at the state house in Raleigh Monday night. It was the culmination of the latest “Moral Monday”—a series of protests led by the NAACP, against Governor Pat McCrory and Republican legislative leaders. All told, nearly 700 have been arrested in the nine weeks of demonstrations. As the protests have continued to grow, WFAE’s Ben Bradford documented the latest event.

gnuru / flickr

For the last several Mondays, planned protests have been happening at the North Carolina General Assembly and resulting in hundreds of arrests. These "Moral Monday" demonstrations have brought out thousands of people over the course of the last several weeks, who are protesting policies on many topics, from education, to taxes, and healthcare and more. The coalition of groups coordinating the protests, led by Rev. Dr. William Barber of the NC NAACP have implied that the protests won't stop until changes are made in the legislature. We'll talk about the Moral Monday movement, about the policies that are being challenged, about the number of people voluntarily being arrested in the protests and the chance these demonstrations will make change, when Charlotte Talks.