The supporters of HB 2 will have their own protest:
The Rev. William Barber, head of the state NAACP and architect of the Moral Monday movement that began three years ago, said he’s planning a “campaign of nonviolent direct action along with other forms of nonviolent protest that will instruct our legislators with respect to the rights of all people.”
“We cannot be silent in the face of this race-based, class-based, homophobic and trans-phobic attack on wage earners, civil rights, and the LGBTQ community,” said Barber, who calls the law “Hate Bill 2.” "Together with our many allies, we will coordinate a campaign of nonviolent direct action along with other forms of nonviolent protest that will instruct our legislators with respect to the rights of all people.”
Sounds pleasant. Read our preview of the short session for an idea of what's in store.
Meanwhile, the Christian Action League of North Carolina plans to rally supporters of the new law and encourage lawmakers to stand firm against pressure to repeal it.
That event, on the Halifax Mall just north of the Legislative Building, will start at noon with a gospel music concert. One of the leading speakers will be Ron Baity of Return America. Baity made headlines in 2014 when he said that legalizing same-sex marriage would “bring the judgment of God ... don’t be surprised at the plagues.”
The twelve-year old they're trying to take out responded in kind.
The campaigns of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John Kasich released written statements within minutes of each other Sunday night calling for Kasich to effectively stop competing in Indiana and for Cruz to clear the way for Kasich in New Mexico and Oregon. They called on allied third-party groups to do the same.
"Encouraging," Tim Miller, a spokesman for the anti-Trump Our Principles PAC, said of the Cruz-Kasich deal. "See you in Cleveland."
Wow, just announced that Lyin' Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2016
Lyin' Ted and Kasich are mathematically dead and totally desperate. Their donors & special interest groups are not happy with them. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2016
What's the most effective form of protest, as you see it?Give it a read when you get a chance.
Protest? Next time you can, vote. Petition the governors of other states to have a word with McCrory. Make other governors cough up a for or against opinion about HB 2—no equivocating, for or against, answer the question with a single word. Any other answer will be registered as mealy mouthed avoidance.
Believe me: the shameless can be shamed plenty. Have HB 2 be like a kill switch to a business. If businesses are discriminating against a social group, let everyone know. “Freedom” has consequences. Democracy should not be an easy lift.