Target: North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory and General Assembly
Goal: Do not restrict abortions and steamroll liberal opinions
101 activists were arrested outside the North Carolina Senate chamber for protesting Republican efforts to diminish abortion rights and Florida’s not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman. During the eleventh consecutive “Moral Monday” protest, activists from all over the state rallied to push back against North Carolina’s unyielding conservative agenda. From anti-abortion measures, cuts to unemployment insurance, a voter ID proposal and the rejection of medicaid expansion for the working poor, the newly Republican-dominant legislature is enacting regressive policies with ease while arresting 800 activists in total since the Moral Monday protests began.
Republicans in North Carolina’s House passed an anti-abortion bill that was conveniently added to an unrelated motorcycle safety bill. Governor Pat McCrory, the state’s first Republican governor in 20 years, also stated he would sign the bill despite previously promising in his campaign to oppose abortion restrictions. In addition to potentially closing most of the state’s abortion clinics, Republicans have proposed allowing concealed weapons on college campuses and in bars and restaurants. Protesters called for stronger gun control laws, particularly in the wake of George Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict for shooting and killing teen Trayvon Martin.
Republicans are dismissing the Moral Monday protesters as bitter outsiders who are upset the Democrats lost majority control. Their factional mentality is toxic for bipartisan decision-making and trivializes the cries of thousands who flocked to the state’s capitol. By signing the petition below, you will reprimand North Carolina’s legislature and governor for shunning protestors and ignoring the need for bipartisan policy-making.
Dear Governor Pat McCrory,
Your people have spoken yet you refuse to deliver the promises you made them. You claim that the proposed legislation would not limit abortion access, yet the bill would close many state abortion clinics and disable public employees from obtaining health care coverage for abortions. Furthermore, the fact that this bill was tacked onto an unrelated motorcycle safety bill conveys the message that the House did not give abortion rights the gravitas it deserves. Signing this bill clearly goes against your word as it obviously creates more barriers to obtaining an abortion.
This is only one example among others of North Carolina Republicans acting one-sidedly rather than as an inclusive government body. Since obtaining majority control in North Carolina’s legislature, your party has passed harsh policies that hurt women, lower income workers, and minorities. We urge you to refrain from the partisan policy-making that is steamrolling the many North Carolinians with differing opinions. Keep true to the promises you made to North Carolina; listen to, rather than alienate, the thousands of voices that have rallied to the capital.
[Your Name Here]
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