Our database of Money Monday protesters is up to date and includes the latest protests from July 15! Not much has changed, although there are three things to point out:
This week saw an uptick in arrests – there were 101 this week compared to 64 last week. This should not be surprising to any observer. As the legislative session draws to a close, there is a limited window remaining for protests. Additionally, the abortion issue probably caused an increase: Last week, Senate Bill 353, which includes changes to abortion regulation, passed the House and is now off to the Senate.
Women are now significantly overrepresented among arrestees. Again, this should not be surprising. Pro-abortion activists were a major component of this week’s protests, and the theme of the protest was women’s issues. Still, even before the fracas about abortion, women were starting to overtake men: Last week’s data showed that 55 percent of protesters were female and 45 percent were male.
Minorities continue to be underrepresented among arrestees. Almost 85 percent of the arrestees have been non-Latino whites. Asians and Latinos are essentially not present among arrestees, despite the fact that they comprise a significant proportion of the North Carolina population. In the July 15 protest, only two of 101 arrestees were black.