Photos: Spend a Day Getting Arrested With "Moral Monday" Activists in North Carolina

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July 23 2013 11:29 AM

Photos: Spend a Day Getting Arrested With "Moral Monday" Activists in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C.—I spent all of yesterday following "Moral Monday" protesters outside the North Carolina Statehouse as they rallied against a proposed voter ID law. The protesters sent in about 90 people to get arrested for trespassing, a ritual that's been taking place since April. A fuller story is on its way, but for now, here's what it looked like.

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Around 3:30 p.m., outside of the Christian Faith Baptist Church in Raleigh, the Rev. William Barber greets people arriving to be trained.

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At 4:45, after being instructed and revved up by the rev, protesters march from the church to the buses that'll take them to the Capitol.

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The protest begins at 5. I'm fond of this sign that actually footnotes the poll being referred to.

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The most evocative sign from the protest.

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Around 6:20, after a path is cleared through the rally as protesters walk into the Statehouse to get arrested.

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Shortly before 7, protesters flood the atria of the Statehouse. Those on the third floor have an easier path out when the five-minute warning comes, if they want to avoid arrest. Those on the second floor, around microphones, are speaking before being arrested.

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At 7:12, the arrests commence.

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The arrests and processings take quite a long time. Prison buses wait outside the Statehouse for an hour, with crowds kept at a distance.

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Activists wait behind a ribbon and chant their support for the people getting arrested. When the civil disobedience crew is spotted, the supporters cheer, "Thank you! Thank you!"

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The first people are released from detention at 9:10, with NAACP and legal volunteers waiting to notarize their forms and give them these buttons:

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The "I Went to Jail" one is handed out tonight by Dick Reavis, a former journalist who's now a professor.

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And anyone who's hungry at 10 or so can return to the church for a potluck of lamb stew, pimento cheese, couscous with lamb, chickpea salad ... you know, I took a photo of the spread, but there's such a thing as oversharing.

Correction, July 23, 2013: This post originally misspelled Dick Reavis' name.

David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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