17 arrested at NAACP ‘pray-in’ against North Carolina Republican agenda | The Raw Story: Facing what they called an “avalanche” of right-wing legislation this session, 17 activists with the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NC-NAACP) gathered at the state assembly’s doors on Monday and joined hands in prayer, then refused to leave.
The group, eight of them ministers according to an NC-NAACP advisory, held vigil to protest the Republican-dominated legislature’s progress on cutting unemployment benefits, cutting taxes for the wealthy while increasing taxes on the poor, rejecting the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid, and moving to pass a restrictive voter ID law that will dial down turnout among minorities, the elderly and students.
“The decision to engage in civil disobedience is not one we take lightly,” Rev. William Barber, NC-NAACP’s president, said in prepared text. “But the extremists are acting like the George Wallaces of the 21st century.