The Rev. Amy Brooks, of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman, participated in the Moral Monday protest on June 3 in Raleigh.
She joined approximately 60 Unitarian Universalists and others from the Charlotte area, whom filled up two buses. The Charlotte contingent assembled with more than 1,000 others, protesting against legislation about education spending cuts, voter identification, women’s rights, the elimination of the estate tax and private school vouchers, among other topics.
Brooks participated in the group rally at 5 p.m. in front of the State House. That day, 151 people were arrested for civil disobedience, the most arrested to date. Those not arrested, including Brooks, rallied outside until a big rainstorm dispersed the crowd around 7 p.m.
Though many returned to Charlotte at that time, Brooks and six others remained to await the release of 16 Unitarian Universalists from the UU Church of Charlotte and the Piedmont UU Church, also in Charlotte. The releases began about midnight, with the last person was released about 5 a.m. The seven, including Brooks, made it back to Charlotte at 8 a.m.
The protest marked the fifth Moral Monday in a row and was followed by another June 10. More than 350 arrests have been made since the movement began on April 29.
“It was an amazing experience to see so many people actively participating in an aspect of our democratic process,” Brooks said. “It is our right, indeed our obligation, to make known our concerns to our elected officials. We are a government of the people, and there are a significant number of people who are very concerned about the direction our legislature is going.”
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