Georgia chapter NAACP president Dr. Francys Johnson, a Statesboro lawyer and resident, didn't let being arrested along with others at a Moral Monday rally at the state capital in Atlanta deflect him from "...about what is in the common good of all Georgians and not the privileged few." The rally was to protest the state's refusal to expand Medicaid coverage to uninsured Georgians.
He was among 12 people who were arrested Tuesday for obstructing the entrance to the governor's office and refused to comply with orders by Capitol Police to "cease and desist their illegal activities."
A statement issued Wednesday by the Georgia NAACP, said "...politicians have driven a right-wing agenda that promotes corporate greed over people's needs; denies health care to over 600,000 uninsured Georgians; has cut over $7.6 billion from public education in the past 10 years; accelerates income inequality by restricting workers' rights and benefits; attacks women's reproductive freedom; promotes bigotry towards the llesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community; enables gun violence through ‘Stand Your Ground' and ‘Carry Anywhere' laws; and seeks to restrict our voting rights."
Johnson said "This spring of our legitimate discontent... will pass into a summer of education, outreach and activism modeled on the Freedom Summer of 1964."