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16 December 2013

Moral Monday Comes to Georgia on Platform of Opposing Charter Schools Supported By Black Voters

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Political Insider reports this morning that Moral Mondays, the raucous protests held at the North Carolina state legislature each Monday, is coming to Georgia [Bluestein, Galloway, and Malloy (16 December 2013). Your daily jolt: Moral Monday protests coming to state Capitol. Political Insider. Retrieved on 16 December 2013.].

According to media reports, the Moral Mondays demonstrations began in April as a protest against the policies of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. Protestors arrive at the State Capitol in Raleigh, stage a sit-in, before they are arrested by law enforcement officials. To date, more than 800 individuals have been arrested as part of the Moral Mondays protest [Perlmutt and Morrill (19 August 2013). Moral Monday protesters rail against 'Mecklenburg trio'. Charlotte News and Observer. Retrieved on 16 December 2013.].

Below is a video from WGHP-TV (High Point, North Carolina), detailing the Moral Mondays protest:

120 people arrested during eighth Moral Monday protest

A group calling themselves Moral Monday Georgia hopes to bring that North Carolina kind of protest and arrest to Georgia next year.

Moral Monday Georgia describes their organization as a "multiracial, multi-issue coalition of citizens working for positive change for the public good."

Part of the group's platform includes a call to repeal Georgia's charter school amendment.

In 2012, Georgians were asked to approve a constitutional amendment allowing for the creation of charter schools. The charter schools amendment passed with 58% of the vote.

Douglas Blackmon, writing for the website Slavery by Another Name, noted, "In the 20 Georgia counties where African-Americans make up half or more of the population, the amendment was approved by 61% of all voters and in 14 of those 20 counties."

Unfortunately for Moral Monday Georgia, the self-proclaimed "multiracial, multi-issue coalition of citizens", their opposition to the charter schools amendment puts them in opposition to an issue clearly supported by black voters across this state.

It remains to be seen how black voters will respond to the rest of the Moral Monday agenda.