The NC NAACP has really out beclowned themselves this time. The amount of lawfare the NAACP in NC generates could likely keep a medium sized firm happy with them as their only client. But I digress.
The NC NAACP are suing over the new NC General Assembly building rules — rules they in part helped create. I’ll explain that last part a bit more, but first, here’s the run down from WNCN.
RALEIGH, N.C. –The North Carolina NAACP said Thursday that it had filed a complaint in Wake County Superior Court on Wednesday in response to what the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, called “crazy” new rules and regulations regarding protests at the General Assembly.
The NAACP says the new rules have targeted the Moral Monday gatherings, when hundreds and sometimes thousands have gathered at the legislature to protest Republican-led policies.
The Legislative Services Commission adopted new building rules on May 15. The rules had previously not been updated in decades.
The new rules state that anyone who disturbs the General Assembly, in particular through singing or chanting, or who possess an “imminent threat” of disturbance is violating the building access rules.
“Crazy” new rules. I laughed. Curbing chanting and singing that disrupt others or working environment of a given place is not an unreasonable limitation. Occupy Monday knows this. They’re mad anyway.
Getting back to how Occupy Monday actually helped, or at very least inspired, these building rule changes is best explained by Pete Kaliner at WWNC 570:
The outrage over revised rules at the North Carolina General Assembly is pretty typical of the way the Moral Monday protesters have behaved for the past year. Namely, decry some issue only to complain further when the issue is addressed.
When the Moral Monday (or MoMo, for short) began getting arrested on purpose, they complained that the rules they sought to break in order to get arrested were too vague and so they should face no punishment.
The purpose of getting arrested was to make a political point and get media attention.
Think about this.
The MoMos researched how to get arrested and held instructional meetings to tell people how to get themselves arrested, if they so chose. Once arrested, the MoMos then argued that they should be acquitted because the rules they researched and broke were too vague.
Yesterday, the GOP clarified these rules … and the MoMos are mad.
But let’s take a look at what the Republicans did . Maybe the MoMos have a genuine beef with the new rules. Maybe the old rules crafted by Democrats were far superior, more fair, and more constitutional.
If you want to read more about the ‘vagueness’, check out my write up, #NCGA Proposes Building Rules Changes.
Late on Friday, Judge Carl Fox put a temporary restraining order in place on the new rules. So, yes — one Judge said they were too vague and another now blocks them for being too strict?
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) June 13, 2014
One would think that perhaps Judge Fox thought they were too strict, but apparently, he thinks they are still to vague and struck down some of the rules.
Judge Carl Fox said some of the rules the Legislative Services Commission adopted last month for the building where the General Assembly meets are overly broad and vague, including one that prohibited sounds that hindered someone’s ability to have a conversation in a “normal tone of voice” and one that banned signs attached to sticks. It’s uncertain when Fox will sign the ruling and whether it will apply to next week’s “Moral Monday” rally.
After more than four hours of debate, Fox said he didn’t understand the sign rule.
“I have a difficult time seeing how signs are used in a manner to disturb. … It’s a sign,” he said.
He was also unclear on what constituted a “normal tone of voice.”
“Is there any such thing as a normal tone of voice?” he said. “That depends on who’s talking.” – Daily Journal
Clear “Activism” from the bench. What a joke. The only reason the MoMo’s are suing over this is because they need something to wave around at the media. Their crowd sizes are dwindling, people are tuning them out and their laundry list of complaints have been exposed as nothing more than wanting more big government intrusion in NC accompanied by mountains of debt.
A moment of clarity to cleanse the palate:
Amar Majmundar, a lawyer with the Attorney General’s Office, said the new rules specifically prohibited crackdowns on protests or speech based on their content, which removes the threat of selective and partisan enforcement.
“These rules don’t deprive free speech right,” Majmundar said. “The rules deprive any protester from disturbing the operation and the function of the General Assembly. – Daily Journal
Oh — one more thing. Heads up for this coming Monday — expect A LOT of chanting. The focus this coming Monday is “Worker’s Rights“. That means a bunch of union buses will be showing up. Monday might look something like this: