That day Governor Cooper used law enforcement to infringe North Carolina citizens' rights to redress their grievances for his effort to deem businesses and employees essential and non-essential. The 1st Amendment of our United States Constitution reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Monica Ussery stood for our freedom that day in April of 2020 as local law enforcement posted on social media that, "...We explained to protestors that at this time, they are not allowed to protest. It is a non-essential activity and violates the Governor's Executive Order." Law enforcement solely arrested Monica as she stood in the parking lot at Jones near Wilmington in the capitol city of Raleigh, North Carolina on April 14th, 2020. On June 1st, 2020 while still under the Executive Order, the Governor walked with another group of protestors marching on the street in front of the Executive Mansion. Hours later those protestors looted and burned essential and nonessential businesses in downtown Raleigh. Over a year later on June 4th, 2021, Monica was found guilty of defying Governor Cooper's Executive Order and trespassing for her presence in the parking lot where she advocated for our freedom to live, work and bring grievances to those in elected public service. On February 20th, 2023 she won the appeal. It's taken 3 years of faithful, legal action. As she and supporters remember her stand, the cost to defend our freedom continues to linger. As we acknowledge the 3 year anniversary, will you join in assisting with the cost to defend our right to peaceably assemble and FREELY petition our elected leaders? Current expense from the last 3 years remains just over $22,360. For more information watch for additional media links.
**Monica remains under gag order which limits her ability to share and answer questions.
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