Protesters staged a “die-in” Thursday afternoon at the Legislative Building to protest the state decision not to expand Medicaid and to promote a march set for Saturday in Raleigh.
Seventeen people, some wearing yellow paper gowns to symbolize medical patient garb, demonstrated. No one was arrested. The N.C. NAACP and the Forward Together Movement, which sponsor Moral Monday protests, organized the demonstration. Moral Monday protests of 2013 drew thousands of participants and resulted in hundreds of arrests.
Protesters on Thursday gathered in the rotunda of a near-empty building – most legislators were gone.
The Rev. William Barber, state NAACP president, said the protest movement would give lawmakers until after Easter to move on issues it considers important, including Medicaid expansion and a minimum wage increase.
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If those issues don’t gain traction, “we will be back after Easter with full-fledged Moral Monday,” Barber said. “We will see a rising of the people again in May, June and July.”
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