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Union Members and Retirees Lead Charge on Moral Mondays

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Union Members and Retirees Lead Charge on Moral Mondays
AFSCME retirees participate in Moral Monday this week in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Moral Mondays began in North Carolina during last year’s legislative session with the goal of fighting for workers’ rights, racial justice, voting rights, women’s rights, environmental protection and strong public services.

More than 900 Moral Monday protesters were arrested for civil disobedience in the last year, and thousands more participated.

This week, members of the Communication Workers of America, United Food and Commercial Workers, and AFSCME, among others, led more than 1,000 North Carolinians in a march for workers’ rights.

“AFSCME retirees have become active in Moral Monday because the North Carolina Legislature has become very insensitive to working people’s issues and to seniors,” said Jim Moore, president of AFSCME Retiree Subchapter 165. “The time to fight is now!” 

Retirees held luncheon meetings in Greenville, Raleigh and Charlotte to educate and engage membership. AFSCME retirees left the meetings with plans for mobilizing their neighbors, churches, barber shops, senior centers and family members for Moral Monday moving forward.

Moral Monday also spread to other Southern states. Georgia, Florida and South Carolina are among those that have their own Moral Monday events.