Anatomy of ‘Moral Monday’ Protesters

Recent media reports have suggested that the protesters disrupting the General Assembly at “Moral Mondays” represent a cross-section of North Carolina citizens. We decided to investigate that claim. Using arrest records and other public documents, we investigated who really is involved in these protests. The graphics below detail a few of our findings prior to the June 10 arrests. We are now analyzing information from the June 10 and June 12 arrests, and next week we will post even more details about those arrested in these demonstrations.

Meanwhile, check out for yourself if the people getting arrested at “Moral Mondays” truly represent our state.” And keep an eye on this site; we’ll continue to report on the protestors as long as these events continue.

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This article was posted in Elections & Voting, Justice & Public Safety, Legislative Activity by efield on June 14, 2013 at 12:05 PM.

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  • 1

    Jenny Cook
    Jenny Cook Jun 14, 2013 at 16:06

    It’s misleading to say these demographics represent “the protesters” and then pull out the subset of those arrested. Anyone who is more vulnerable to unemployment (all but the retired and tenured professors) can ill afford to be arrested. But the demographics of the far greater number of folks who are showing up and not being arrested show a much greater level of diversity. You should edit this post for accuracy.

  • 2

    geek49203 Jun 15, 2013 at 17:40

    Jenny Cook — perhaps you have a point. But going out on a limb here, betting that the 1% GOP thing pretty much holds, not matter what the sampling?

  • 3

    Rdcress Jun 16, 2013 at 14:21

    What concerns me the most is the number of “non-profit” employees. The non-profit foundations have long been the hot bed of destructive social engineering and often on the taxpayer’s dime. The Reese report, done years ago, was an interesting expose’ of the destruction wrought by non-profits. Unfortunately it was largely ignored because of special interest influence in Washington and the media.

  • 4

    Doug Jun 16, 2013 at 14:56

    It would be great to have data on the full population of the protest. But, the addition of state would have to be in there too as most of the people bussed in would be from out of state. They would also have to add union member as a criteria

  • 5

    Lonnie Webster
    Lonnie Webster Jun 16, 2013 at 20:54

    These numbers should be of great concern to the Republican Party. The way I read these polls, even though the arrest report is not the best way to judge the protesters. Only Republicans fail to see themselves as extremist after years of listening to hate mongering Limbaugh and misinformation on Fox propaganda the Republican Party leadership has lost its humanity, reality, compassion, vision and logic. The protesters are making the general public aware that the North Carolina State Government being bought by Art Pope for his own greed and extremism.

  • 6

    Babbleon Jun 17, 2013 at 22:26

    I have attended three MMs so far. The crowd who were not arrested were more diverse in age than those arrested.

    There was *no* evidence of people bused in, and a lot of evidence that these were people from NC.

    For example, many church groups attended and had their church banners – Charlotte Unitarians and Raleigh Quakers were there. In today’s MM, about half the crowd had signs that said where they were from (all in NC), and that didn’t include the people I knew personally.

    As to the Dem / GOP split, more GOP people are starting to come – there were a couple of signs with ‘Republican FOR Public Schools’ there.

    If you think this is outsiders, come out and talk to people in the crowd. I’d be really surprised if you can find many who are not from NC.

  • 7

    Roger N. Kirkman
    Roger N. Kirkman Jun 19, 2013 at 9:56

    While I don’t think it’s intentional, this graphic is misleading. If it were a strict bar graph, it’s okay to use linearity for percentages. However, humans see volume in this, particularly since it’s of a stylized person, and the section 56-65 yrs (34%), for example, takes up 34% linearly, but hits at the torso region, so the volume of the section is more like 42%, giving a distorted impression. This is most prominent in the gender graph; with the top 50% being male, it nonetheless seems like “more” than the 50% female sector. All this said, I think these graphs are misleading in other ways. . . because they are beside the point. I think it’s more germane to look at the legislative/executive leadership in the state. Virtually every one in the majority was raised outside of North Carolina, from the Gov (OH), Lt. Gov (VA), House leaders. In this I’m not saying they’re outsiders. In almost every case they have never taken NC history, which is quite dissimilar in geography from its neighbors. Most salient is the historical problem that NC is for all intents and purposes, landlocked. Wilmington was historically secondary, especially in comparison to Charleston. Charleston, Savannah, Baltimore and Norfolk/Hampton Roads were much easier to maintain as harbors. I can’t imagine anyone in our current leadership who could have an intelligent conversation on this — or the importance of the Piedmont Crescent, based as it is on the track of the NC Railroad. Just a few days ago I saw the opinion of one of our legislators that massive capital should be put into improving Morehead City’s port. While his enthusiasm is commendable, he seems to have no background for this, else he would know that this was meant to be the terminus of the railroad, but the hopes for it have never been fully realized, situated as it is — with the Outer Banks and the Graveyard of the Atlantic in front of it. I, for one, would like to see some discussion on how we can emphasize our state’s history in a more productive way, rather than let the chips fall where they may in whether our legislators are informed on the unusual status/situation and virtually unique challenges of this great state of ours.

  • 8

    Lonnie Webster
    Lonnie Webster Jun 19, 2013 at 11:07

    It would appear even conservatives are not buying the extreme agenda of Mr Pope and his super rich, right wing friends, lacking common sense, logic and humanity.

  • 9

    Roger N. Kirkman
    Roger N. Kirkman Jun 19, 2013 at 11:17

    Okay, maybe I was too subtle. So what if the Moral Monday protestors have a New York-based PR rep? The current legislature buys what ALEC tosses out — wholesale? Last I saw, most of ALEC was not based in North Carolina. Those who believe the question is whether one or two of the Moral Monday people is from outside needs to take the logs out of their eyes, instead of moping around about the mote in the others’.

  • 10

    Betty Bowers
    Betty Bowers Jun 19, 2013 at 13:54

    The protestors are not like us therefore not human:
    “In truth I tell you: the Germans do not act like us, neither do they think like us, for they are not, like us, children of God. Are those who shell cities populated only by civilians the children of God? Are those who advanced armed hiding behind women and children the children of God? With God’s help, you must kill the Germans, good or bad, young or old. Kill every one of them so that it won’t have to be done again. The Lord be with you” ~ The Bishop in Joyeux Noel (2005)

  • 11

    Wayland Massey
    Wayland Massey Jun 20, 2013 at 10:31

    Civitas, thanks for showing the meanness of Art Pope and the hateful Republicans. You people are pretty low.

  • 12

    Persondem Jun 20, 2013 at 14:23

    Thank you for recognizing the heroic actions of the Moral Monday protesters!! Big applause to those folks for standing up to the Tarheel Taliban now running the show in Raleigh.

  • 13

    Unaffiliated Voter
    Unaffiliated Voter Jun 21, 2013 at 13:05

    ‘Strive to be smarter than any evil corrupt NC democrackkk wants you to BE!’

    Denounce the original party of SLAVERY!

  • 14

    Crewmax42 Jun 21, 2013 at 17:40

    So, Moral Monday. Where’s that leave the rest of the week?

  • 15

    TJ Jun 22, 2013 at 1:01

    I, for one, am not ashamed or regretful of my decision to exercise my Constitutional right to seek redress from my government. We hire these folks, and pay their salary. As with any business I might own, I want to know how my employees are functioning in the position for which I hired them. If they are not doing well, I will either re-train, or replace them with someone whom will do the job I have set forth. The problem seems to be that our employees have forgotten they are not the bosses.
    By the way, my mugshot is pretty ugly. I was clearly upset. THAT is a bit embarrassing. What female likes to look bad? Or, perhaps, the fellows, too. Then again, I guess I have a right to be a bit upset about being arrested for exercising the rights in the very House where folks are supposed to be protecting those rights.

    Thank you to all you whom have stood for justice, as well as those whom support that stand.

    Have YOU gone to jail for justice?


  • 16

    Ronni Margolin
    Ronni Margolin Jun 24, 2013 at 8:24

    Please note that the majority of those arrested who are listed as employed at “nonprofits” are actually employed in the faith community — pastors, for example. While it is technically true that churches are nonprofits, this is misleading. (Rdcress, are you concerned about the negative social engineering aspects of religious life?) The website also lists a number of protesters in their late 60s and 70s as “unemployed,” while of course they are likely retired. And finally, the elected officials are listed simply as “lawyer.”

    I’m impressed by the range of ages, work situations, and interests represented among those arrested. I also note
    the significant number of self-employed — these are, I believe, the “job-creator” entrepreneurs conservatives are always claiming to support.

  • 17

    J Stewart
    J Stewart Jun 24, 2013 at 11:12

    Civitas….you are conservative. YOU support the right to own guns WITHOUT restrictions. These people want to exercise their right to “peaceably…assemble” WITHOUT restrictions. IT IS WRONG TO POST THEIR PICTURES! YOU thought it was wrong to post the addresses of the gun owners so is it WRONG to do this. WRONG for WRONG is not a solution. The point that McCrory made was that these people were from out of state. THEY ARE NOT!

  • 18

    Joy Howerton
    Joy Howerton Jul 09, 2013 at 8:00

    Having attended several Moral Mondays I can assure you that it is a cross-section, and your article is inaccurate. I know that doesn’t bother you. Anything that will satisfy Art Pope will satisfy you. Facts and truth mean nothing to your organization. Manipulation and BIG government is what you are all about.

  • 19

    Joy Howerton
    Joy Howerton Jul 09, 2013 at 8:01

    Would you be willing to post where you get YOUR money? What kind of cross-section do you have?

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