#MoralMonday : June 10 Arrests Edition

The records are taking their sweet time being loaded at the Wake County Sheriff’s site. I’m not linking to every record this time as the WCS site won’t let you permanently link to records. Those curious about the number of clergy, Liberal university professors, the unemployed/retired,  in other other words mainly older White Liberals, being arrested can do their own search at WCS. It’s worth noting that, so far, no one has been arrested twice. Given the local population attendance, they’re going to have to double up soon.

Here are the 5 names listed thus far for June 10th by WCS below. When more are posted I will update.

Records at WakeMugs.com had the mug shots for 4 of the 5 up:

As if Moral Monday’s weren’t enough, we now also had a ‘Witness Wednesday’ this week. I was actually nearby when they started to form their group, having just attended the Stop Common Core event — where we talked to dozens of legislators like adults and resulted in zero arrests. Go figure.

Well Witless Witness Wednesday had a ‘handful’ of arrests too. WCS only has one name up right now:

This was supposed to be a protest commemorating the assassination of Medgar Evers yet it was turned into some kind of social justice circus by the NAACP and the AFL-CIO. WRAL falls all over itself to report:

Raleigh, N.C. — After weeks of Monday protests in which dozens of people were arrested at the General Assembly, a Wednesday afternoon protest ended with only eight people taken away by police.

The “Witness Wednesday” event coincided with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of NAACP activist Medgar Evers outside his Jackson, Miss., home.

The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP led the protest, which included the same criticism of Republican-backed legislation, from slashing unemployment benefits to using state money to provide vouchers for some students to attend private schools, that has marked the weekly “Moral Monday” protests.

“The Holy Scriptures declare that, when we stand for righteousness, when we heed the call to do what is right, we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses of those who died – or suffered and died – who have gone on but now sit in glory, and they cheer us on,” said Rev. William Barber, state NAACP president.

“It is the great witness of those who died before us and who fought before us that is the ultimate critique on the immoral and extreme legislation coming out of this General Assembly and out of the Governor’s Office,” Barber said. “When you attack poor people, when you attack voting rights, when you attack the most vulnerable, that’s wrong. Their blood speaks.”

Dear Rev. Barber: Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and what is God’s to God. Do not confuse the two. 

I mentioned the AFL-CIO, here’s the relevant portion:

I’d credit WRAL with quoting the AFL-CIO, but her quote furthers their ‘shame’ tactics and clearly lined up with the narrative they wanted for the article which is Shame!!!!! Here’s the AFL-CIO quote:

Thousands of residents statewide will lose their extended jobless benefits on July 1 because of the overhaul to North Carolina’s unemployment system.

“The reason that 170,000 families will lose their lifeline is that our governor and this legislature had no compassion at all for the unemployed,” McMillan said, leading the crowd to chant “shame, shame, shame.”

Wait, 170,000? If WRAL is talking about the long-term extended and re-extended unemployment benefits, that number is 70,000. The 170,000 number is an estimate of possible losses, not current ones. Shame on you, WRAL for misleading yet again.

Charlotte Observer:

Unemployment insurance payments to more than 70,000 North Carolinians are set to run out in four weeks, one result of an overhaul in North Carolina’s unemployment system that takes effect on June 30.

And:

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 170,000 people in North Carolina could ultimately lose extended federal benefits for which they otherwise would have qualified.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate in April was 8.9 percent, the fifth-highest in the U.S. In Mecklenburg County, with an 8.5 percent unemployment rate, the state said 42,575 people were unemployed in April. That figure doesn’t include people who’ve stopped looking for work.

Prolonged high unemployment has drained the system. It cannot go on forever paying out, that’s a hard thing to swallow but it is a mathematical fact. I feel for those who have been out of work for a year or more, but by the same token do they really believe their benefits can go on indefinitely?

Bev Perdue signed extensions to keep unemployment checks flowing, meanwhile more people signed up and more dropped out of the workforce. She built an expectation that was unsustainable. All of this was done with a $4.7 Billion budget shortfall partly inherited from her fellow Democrat predecessor, Perdue ramming $1.5 in Obamaesque tax hikes down the throats of North Carolinians and her jobs project was a joke. Perdue was also a big, big fan of Obamacare. Small wonder the voters flipped the entire legislature.

What gets me about these ‘Moral’ protests is that Perdue chopped more from the budget, furloughed more folks and cut salaries more than the legislature did — yet no signature protests arose then. I maintain yet again, this not about any one issue. This is about the loss of control.

Back to the protesting…

Look, I get the whole civil disobedience thing to make a statement, but the statement these days isn’t look at our cause, it’s: LOOK AT ME! GIVE ME PRESS.  The practice has been beaten to death and abused for every issue under the Sun; few of which have held a candle to some of the more memorable and historic acts of civil disobedience.  Just look at Guilford County Commissioner Carolyn Coleman. A public official arrested 12 times for protesting.  Is she spending more time doing her job or out throwing a fit on sidewalks?

FOX 8, emphasis added:

RALEIGH, N.C. — Guilford County Commissioner Carolyn Coleman was arrested Wednesday at the North Carolina General Assembly during the N.C. chapter of the NAACP’s “Witness Wednesday” event.

The Witness Wednesday event was a follow-up to the NAACP’s regular Moral Monday protests.

“They’ve done so many things. It’s just almost difficult to talk all about them. Everyday there’s another negative piece coming out of the General Assembly,” said Commissioner Coleman.

Coleman says she attended a press conference, a rally and then went into the General Assembly singing and holding signs with a group.

“After we sang for a while, the chief of police approached us, and said we had five minutes to leave, and if we didn’t we would be arrested. He waited his five minutes came back told us we had to leave or else he was going to arrest us,” explained Coleman.

Coleman was the first of eight people arrested during Wednesday’s protest. She has been arrested a total of 12 times for protesting.

“It does send a message to the members of the General Assembly, whether they like it or not. They have to hear what we are saying,” she said.

Coleman says the police treated her well.

Her court date is set for October.

Ms. Coleman, how about you try making an appointment to talk to them? You are a public official too, are you not?  It worked for the average citizens of this state yesterday.

 

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3 Responses to #MoralMonday : June 10 Arrests Edition

  1. Pingback: #MoralMonday: Transparency Fail by Wake Sheriff, Courts | Lady Liberty 1885

  2. Lee says:

    The arrest records are no longer going online via P2C, the CCBI is no longer involved. See yesterday’s Civitas article here:
    http://www.nccivitas.org/2013/moral-mondays-getting-murkier/

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