On Monday April 25th the North Carolina General Assembly opened the 2016 legislative session in Raleigh and we were there with thousands of others to welcome them back with a simple message: repeal House Bill 2, now. It was a powerful Moral Monday alongside our allies at the North Carolina NAACP, Equality North Carolina, Turn Out NC, TranzMission and the HRC.
The entire country is watching North Carolina and what we do next about what NC NAACP’s Reverend Barber has dubbed “Hate Bill 2.” Below is a round-up of news coverage and pictures:
The New York Times: North Carolina Lawmakers Met with Protests Over Bias Law
The News & Observer: 54 HB2 opponents arrested inside NC Legislative Building
The News & Observer: Live Updates on start of NCGA Short Session
The Asheville Citizen-Times: Thousands of HB2 demonstrators descend on Raleigh
The Charlotte Observer: Anti-HB2 groups deliver 185,000 signatures to governor
The News & Record: HB2 Dominates Legislature’s Day
ABC 11 News: 54 Arrests Made in HB2 Protest As Lawmakers Convene
Think Progress: The Newest Opponents Of North Carolina’s Anti-Transgender Law: Faith Groups
Plaintiffs and ACLU attorney Chris Brook from the legal challenge to HB2 gather outside of the Old Capitol in Raleigh, NC.
Reverend Doctor William Barber II speaks from the stage before leading the crowd to a mass sit-in at the General Assembly session.
Joaquin Carcano, a plaintiff in the HB2 legal challenge, speaks from the Moral Monday protest stage.
Reverend Doctor William Barber II speaks to the crowd after leaving the General Assembly.
Southerners on New Ground hold their own “People’s Special Session” outside the NCGA.
Protesters in line to enter the NC General Assembly.
Doctor Reverend William Barber II of the NC-NAACP speaks to the crowd occupying the rotunda of the NC General Assembly.
Faith leaders leaving the NC General Assembly.
The line to enter the NC General Assembly wraps around the whole building and to the state seal out front.
HB2 opponents drown out the few hateful counter-protests in front of the NC General Assembly.
Folks from Tranzmission countering hate with love and flags.
Campaign for Southern Equality staff rocking our new “NC Against HB2” shirts before we headed inside to join the sit-in.