It's Now Illegal For You And Some Friends To Sing 'Joy To The World' At One State's Capitol

Moral Mondays in North Carolina are regular protests at the state capitol, with signs and banners singing and chanting to protest some of the really backward things the legislature has been passing there. Rather than allow this rather insidious form of democracy to persist, lawmakers set new rules ("imminent disturbance") that ban anyone from singing and chanting in a way that “disturbs” the daily business of the legislature. I can see the idea already spreading to states where out-of-control politicians are lusting after the “right” to shut us all up.Those who began this great nation and those who helped shaped it along the way are rolling in their graves right now. Or perhaps they’re breaking out the megaphones and lyrics as they descend on places that wish to silence the people, in groups of thousands of ghosts and spirits, haunting the demons trying to drown democracy.Sorry, that was a bit florid. I'm kinda passionate about this, as you can see...

It's Now Illegal For You And Some Friends To Sing 'Joy To The World' At One State's Capitol

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18

Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)

"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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