Moral Monday

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.

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.

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.

In the beginning, there were a few diehards, committed to raising awareness of their vision of the perceived injustices being perpetrated by an overbearing government. They believed that speaking up and taking action was the only way to draw attention to the problems they saw.

Their main weapon was to gain notice, but they needed an outlet to gain the attention. So staging rallies and protests, all under their recognized 1st Amendment right to “assembly and petition” their government, was at first small. But as time marched on, so did their numbers and strength.