Moral Monday Protest

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My birthday was July 29th. I turned 31. I have celebrated with a trip to a Dave Matthews Band concert (amazing), trying a new restaurant called The Cowfish with my bestest friends (amazing), partying with my family (love them), and participating in a protest(inspiring!)
The NC General Assembly passed a budget last week that will devastate public education in my state. It also passed several other bills that will strip the rights of voters, women, the unemployed, and African Americans. My state is taking enormous steps backward. It’s incredibly disheartening to see how little some of our government officials value education and the work that teachers do. It’s shocking to watch them demolish our reputation for being one of the most forward-thinking states in the south. Because of all this craziness, groups have been gathering in Raleigh each Monday since April at what is now known as “Moral Monday” to peacefully protest the NC legislature. I was able to participate at the final MM on my actual birthday. It was a long, hot, emotionally draining day but I wouldn’t have had it any other way because it was also inspiring to see all those people come together for a common cause. NC teachers, parents, grandparents, students, and many others came out to support our right to public education in the largest of all the Moral Mondays. It was estimated at over 10,000 people in attendance. If you live in NC and haven’t written or called your representative or governor, I encourage you to do that today! Educate yourself and don’t let your government get away with this!
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