Monday protests at the N.C. Legislature, organized by the state NAACP president, Rev. William Barber, under the label of “Moral Mondays,” have grown over the course of three weeks to nearly 200 protestors yesterday with 49 arrests. The April 29 demonstration saw 17 arrested; on May 6, 30 were arrested. Yesterday’s round-up included Ashevillean Leslie Boyd, who carried a photo of her deceased son, Mike Danford, in protest of the Legislature’s refusal to accept a federal Medicaid expansion program that would have covered nearly 500,000 additional people in the state. Danford, said Boyd, was unable to afford health insurance because of a birth defect that was considered a pre-existing condition.
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