RALEIGH, N.C. — Several LGBT community leaders and organizations say they will participate in today’s “Mega Moral Monday” at the North Carolina State Legislature.
Southerners On New Ground (southernersonnewground.org), Equality North Carolina (equalitync.org), Freedom Center for Social Justice (fcsj.org) and NC HEAT (wakeyouth.wordpress.com/nc-h-e-a-t/) released a joint statement this morning in support of the North Carolina NAACP’s ongoing protest efforts at the legislature. Some 150 people, including pastors, activists and other community members, have been arrested in civil disobediences in several action since April.
“When so many LGBTQ people and our allies fought for basic dignity and rights when Amendment One was on the ballot, we knew why it mattered. We still do,” the groups said in the release. “Now, North Carolina faces a new set of threats to our communities from the same root. Recently, we have seen the cutting of Medicaid for half a million North Carolinians who are poor and working poor. Now, they are continuing to attack our communities by: trying to limit our voting rights, attacking healthcare rights for poor people, and demonizing immigrants.”
Bishop Tonyia Rawls of Unity Fellowship Church Charlotte and the Freedom Center for Social Justice will join Southerners on New Ground’s Caitlin Breedlove and 20 youth from NC HEAT in today’s Moral Monday. Hundreds of others are expected during the demonstration.
On Monday afternoon, the LGBT Center of Raleigh also declared its support for the joint statement.
[Ed. Note -- This post has been updated.]