Gov. Pat McCrory spoke to the Council of Independent Business Owners this afternoon, asserting he was “stepping on some toes” to lower taxes and make the state run more like a business.
Did you miss Mountain Moral Monday? Here is an Xpress photo gallery of the event, featuring protesters, signs and guest speakers.
An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people showed up for Mountain Moral Monday this evening, filling Pack Square Park and protesting the policies of the North Carolina General Assembly. It was one of the largest demonstrations in Asheville’s recent history. Photo by Julia Ritchey.
The weekly protests that have condemned decisions made by the North Carolina General Assembly for almost three months at the state capital continue today with the arrival of the Moral Monday movement in Asheville. These are the tweets, photos and videos from before, during and after the Mountain Moral Monday event. (Photo courtesy of Twitter user @PlantyHamchuk)
Supporters and opponents of the Aug. 5 Mountain Moral Monday rally are taking to Twitter to report on the event and make their views known. This post features an aggregation of those messages.
As the legislature’s finally ended its long session, opponents of the GOP-dominated General Assembly are taking the Moral Monday protests across the state, including to the core of Asheville at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5.
Over 200 people marched through the streets of downtown Asheville today in protest of the actions of the North Carolina General Assembly including cuts, no raises for teachers and an end to tenure. The march was organized by the Asheville City Association of Educators, in conjunction with an NCAE protest in Raleigh. Photo by Max Cooper.
The Asheville CIty Association of Educators is holding a protest march today, gathering at Asheville Middle School at 5 p.m. The march is at the same time as one held by the NCAE in Raleigh to protest the latest education overhaul, including cuts, an end to teacher tenure, no pay raises, and no bonus for pursuing higher education.
About 20 people rallied July 26 in downtown Asheville to urge Gov. Pat McCrory to keep a campaign promise he made not to sign any new abortion restrictions into law.
After protesting the policies of North Carolina’s Republican legislators, freelance state government reporter and contributing editor for Xpress Nelda Holder was charged with second-degree trespassing. Consequently, she says she acknowledges the larger implications the arrest has for her as a journalist and her work for the Asheville-based publication.
In a demonstration and cookout on Saturday, Dec. 22, in the River Arts District, locals will call for the city of Asheville to do something positive with an abandoned property known as the Ice House. (Photo by zen Sutherland)
Around a dozen people protested the deportation hearings of Francisco Hernandez of Marion, asking Sen. Kay Hagan to intervene in the case. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
Opponents of the state legislature forcing Asheville’s water system into a merger with the Metropolitan Sewerage District are rallying downtown this evening.
Around 70 people in a variety of oar-powered boats took to the waters of Lake Julian to protest the continued use of coal at the Arden power plant. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
Like much of the U.S., the Asheville area shows sharp political divides, with deep blue and deep red in the same county. The meeting of a crowd of Mitt Romney supporters with a smattering of protesters during the Thursday, Oct. 11, rally was one of those moments when the two sides bumped shoulders. (Photos by Max Cooper)
Three people arrested as part of the Campaign for Southern Equality’s WE DO protest in May were found not guilty on trespassing charges yesterday. (photo by Max Cooper)
It wasn’t just delegates, politicians and party supporters making the trip down the mountain to Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention this week. Activists and protesters for a variety of causes also showed up.
A protest by Asheville Mutual Aid over working conditions at Eddie Spaghetti resulted in confrontation today when cook Sasha Jenkinson grabbed the demonstrators’ signs and called them idiots, recorded in a short YouTube video by one of the protesters.
Organizers have announced that once again Asheville will be the site of a “GoTopless” rally on Sunday, Aug. 26, which is also national Women’s Equality Day.
Yesterday, 20 Occupy Asheville activists faced charges related to civil disobedience actions last year. After a judge refused to dismiss the charges on constitutional grounds, 17 plead guilty. Another three contested the charges, but were found guilty. All were given no further penalty besides time they’d already served. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
A debate over the future of downtown dominated the June 12 Asheville City Council meeting. Concerned about oversight, finances, Council delayed a vote on the controversial BID proposal till Fall.