Moral Monday Supporters to Sound Off with Pots & Spoons Protest

Press Advisory for May 14, 2014

Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, Communications Director,, 336-255-2711

As Lawmakers Return, Moral Monday Supporters to Sound Off with Pots & Spoons Protest  

Tone-deaf extremists ignore the People in pursuit of their immoral agenda, but the People will be heard in Raleigh at 10 A.M., Wednesday, May 14th

When the legislative session resumes May 14th, citizens who have been ignored, marginalized, and even arrested by the tone-deaf extremists who now run the North Carolina General Assembly will converge on Bicentennial Mall at 10 A.M. for a pots and spoons protest. There protestors, using only a humble pot and spoon brought from home, will sound off for workers’ rights, for public education, for equality and democracy, and for an end to lawmakers’ and the governor’s pursuit of an immoral agenda.

The Pots & Spoons Protest, only the second of its kind targeting North Carolina lawmakers, is inspired by cacerolazo – popular protests in Latin America, where people use kitchen utensils to create noise and call for attention.

Tomorrow, Moral Monday supporters will stand directly across the street from the legislative building and loudly call attention to the regressive, resentful, and failed stewardship that has led to what the New York Times infamously described as “The Decline of North Carolina”.

Who: AFL-CIO with Moral Monday supporters in the Forward Together Movement
What: Unforgettable “pots and spoons protest” of North Carolina’s legislature, governor
When: Wednesday, May 14 at 10 A.M.
Where: Bicentennial Mall (across from the legislative building), 16 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC
Why: To welcome state lawmakers back to Raleigh with a sound they can’t ignore.


10:00, welcome by the Raging Grannies
10:05, the main event – a clamorous 10-min people’s protest
10:15, wrap up

Press availability:

Moral Monday arrestee and NC State AFL-CIO President, James Andrews, will take questions from reporters before the rally; rally participants will be available to share what motivated them to take part in such a novel protest.

Video and photo ops:

Perhaps hundreds of North Carolinians and Moral Monday supporters, assembled between the Capitol and the legislative building, each carrying a sign explaining for what they are sounding off and banging kitchen utensils brought from home non-stop for 10 minutes.

Unique recording opportunity:

The sound of a cacerolazo is unmistakable and unforgettable.  The 10-minute Pots & Spoons Protest will be unlike anything most radio and television viewers have ever heard or saw.  It will be unlike any other type of protest ever held in our state capital.


The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing over one-hundred thousand union members, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working families.  PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.

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