Labor group plans rallies for Moral Mondays protesters

10/31/2013 3:59 PM

10/31/2013 4:00 PM

A labor organization is planning to hold protests Friday in half a dozen Southern cities to demand charges be dropped against the more than 900 people arrested in “Moral Monday” protests at the North Carolina legislature this year.

The Southern Workers Assembly plans to picket in front of the county courthouse in Raleigh at noon. The protest continues in Goldsboro and Charlotte that afternoon. Additional picketing is planned in Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina and in San Antonio, Texas the same day.

The organization – a network of local unions and organizing committees – is specifically rallying around Saladin Muhammad, a labor leader who is the first Moral Monday protester to be convicted. His attorney, Al McSurely of Chapel Hill, says the conviction will be appealed to superior court.

One couple has been acquitted, and 12 others are being tried in Wake District Court in a proceeding that began last week and has been continued until December.

The protesters were arrested after they refused police orders to disperse. Protesters’ attorneys are challenging the police authority to order them to disperse.

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