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NAACP says it has filed suit over new legislative rules

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RALEIGH, N.C. - The North Carolina NAACP said Thursday that it had filed a complaint in Wake County Superior Court on Wednesday in response to what the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, called “crazy” new rules and regulations regarding protests at the General Assembly.

The NAACP says the new rules have targeted the Moral Monday gatherings, when hundreds and sometimes thousands have gathered at the legislature to protest Republican-led policies.

The Legislative Services Commission adopted new building rules on May 15. The rules had previously not been updated in decades.

The new rules state that anyone who disturbs the General Assembly, in particular through singing or chanting, or who possess an “imminent threat” of disturbance is violating the building access rules.

Rep. Tim Moore, a Republican from Cleveland county who chaired the commission, said that these rules were last updated in 1987 and needed to be addressed and in no way were targeted at protesters. But Rep. Larry Hall, the House minority leader, said the rules this limits people’s ability to have their voices heard. “This is not regarding safety; this is limiting people’s ability to have their voices heard” said Rep. Larry Hall on Thursday May 15.

The North Carolina NAACP and individual plaintiffs, including Douglas and Vicki Ryder, Sylvia Barnes and O'Linda Gillis, are calling for the court to permanently enjoin the legislature from enforcing the policies against Moral Monday protesters.

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