Butterfield to Join "Moral Monday" Protests at North Carolina Legislature

Jun 7, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) will join local chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), clergy members, and thousands of supporters on Monday, June 10 during the “Moral Monday” protest at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. 

Butterfield said, “I’ve been deeply troubled by the severe and unilateral cuts being made by the Republican-led legislature in North Carolina.  The cuts to healthcare, education, and unemployment insurance, just to name a few, disproportionately target low-income people, many of whom I represent in the U. S. House of Representatives.” 

Monday’s protest will include the support of dozens of religious leaders from across the state and be led by several Durham pastors including Reverend Jimmie Hawkins of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Reverend Dr. William Turner of Duke University School of Divinity, and Reverend Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove of St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church.

“This is a moment when our convictions embolden us to act and take a firm stance against misguided politics.  It is during troubling times when our voices and actions are needed most.  There’s a time to legislate, and

there’s a time to demonstrate.  The Republican-led legislature’s attack on the disadvantaged and less fortunate cannot be allowed to continue.”

Butterfield will be the first federal elected official to join the peaceful, but impactful demonstrations. 

“As a participant in the 1963 March on Washington, and as a former civil rights attorney, I have seen firsthand how peaceful, civil demonstrations can affect change.  Based on the turnout at the General Assembly over the past few weeks, change is already being realized.  What began as a group of ten has grown to thousands of protestors standing up for what is right. 

“I will join them in sending a strong message to the Republican-led state legislature: they cannot continue to ignore the concerns of the people.  They cannot put politics before people.  And they cannot make blind and uninformed decisions that bring dire consequences to North Carolinians. 

“I believe that these demonstrations will continue until the Republican-led legislature abandons their dearth of consciousness and moves toward a more balanced agenda that reflects the needs of all its citizens.”

The Congressman will also deliver remarks during the protest.