Moral Monday Protester Arrested Again

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Actions have consequences. Reverend Mendez’s consequences for skipping his Occupy Monday arrest court date got him arrested again and released later on $1,000 bond. Mendez was arrested on the April 28th Occupy Monday.

The Rev. John Mendez, a local civil-rights activist and the pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, was arrested Tuesday and charged with failure to appear last month in Wake County District Court to answer charges stemming from his participation in a Moral Monday protest in April 2013.

Mendez was released Tuesday night from custody after posting a $1,000 bond.

Mendez was charged last year with second-degree trespassing, failure to disperse on command and posting a sign in the state legislative building, all misdemeanors, court records show. – Winston-Salem Journal Now

Further down in the article, Mendez claimed he didn’t know about the court date.  Really?  Maybe he was too busy prepping for and giving the keynote speech at the Black Workers For Justice banquet:

Black Workers for Justice banquet

By  on April 8, 2014

Fast food union organizers honored, April 5.WW photo:  Dante Strobino

Black Workers for Justice held their 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Support for Labor Banquet in Raleigh, N.C., on April 5.

The Rev. John Mendez of Winston Salem delivered the keynote address at the banquet, which raised the struggle for dignity and democracy in North Carolina and the South, particularly in the context of the growing Moral Monday Movement.

The fast food workers’ union in North Carolina was among the recipients of the Abner Berry Self-Determination Award, given to groups and individuals who aid the struggle for Black Liberation and labor rights in the state.

 

Sidenote: Mendez is one of many African American Church leaders pledging their support to the struggle against Environmental Racism.

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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