On April 25th, the 2016 “short” session of the North Carolina General Assembly convened amid protests for and against the much-discussed House Bill 2, also known as the “bathroom bill” (though as we’ve reported, the bill does significantly more than address that issue, including enact a statewide nondiscrimination policy that excludes LGBT people and voiding local ordinances regarding minimum wage). A rally on the legislative mall in support of the bill drew a large crowd, while a counter rally at the Old Capital ended with opponents delivering thousands of petitions for its repeal to the Governor’s staff. Some activists associated with the Moral Monday movement occupied the hallways outside House Speaker Tim Moore’s office, and dozens were arrested when they refused to disperse. Read full report here.