Fast food workers went on strike in seven cities Monday in their first organized nationwide protests
Tonight on All In with Chris Hayes: After three months of weekly demonstrations, the final protest against North Carolina’s right-wing legislative agenda was held Monday. Led by the NAACP, the “Moral Monday” protesters marked the closing of a momentous legislative session with a march and “Mass Social Justice Interfaith Rally.” The demonstrators have fought back against a wide range of Republican bills, including abortion restrictions attached to a motorcycle safety law and stricter voter ID regulations, both of which passed last week. Meanwhile, at the White House, President Obama met with civil rights leaders and elected officials Monday afternoon about protecting voting rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the Voting Rights Act. Chris Hayes will talk with Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP and one of the 926 protesters who were arrested over the course of the Moral Monday rallies, Rep. Larry Hall, Democratic Leader in the North Carolina House of Representatives, and North Carolina State Senator Angela Bryant about what’s next in the fight for equal rights.
Also Monday, hours after holding mass for three million people in Brazil, Pope Francis spoke candidly about his acceptance of gay members of the clergy. “If someone is gay,” the pope said during a press conference held en route to Rome, “and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Tom Perriello, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and Counselor for Policy to the Center for American Progress, will join Chris Hayes to discuss the pope’s message of tolerance.
Later, Chris Hayes will delve into the feud between Senator Rand Paul and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, back in the spotlight again with Paul’s comments on Sunday about Christie’s priorities on government spending. According to Senator Paul, Christie’s “gimme, gimme, gimme – give me all my Sandy money now,” attitude on federal funding after last year’s hurricane, along with his opposition to spending cuts, are “bankrupting the government” and taking resources from national defense. Matt Welch, Editor in Chief of Reason magazine, will join the table to talk about this rift within the Republican Party.
Plus: Fast food workers went on strike in seven cities Monday in their first organized nationwide protests. Workers in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Missouri, and Flint, Michigan, walked off the job to protest the federal minimum wage and rally support for a raising their pay to $15 an hour. Tsedeye Gebreselasie, staff attorney for the National Employment Law Project, Kareem Starks, a worker at McDonald’s in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Gregory Reynoso, a former Domino’s delivery driver who was fired for leading a group of his fellow workers on strike and Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York will join the conversation.