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NC Activists Launch 'Moral Monday' Movement

Wednesday, 07 Aug 2013 12:03 PM

By Jennifer Hickey

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North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature may be taking an August break, but the NAACP's "Moral Monday" protesters are doing anything but vacationing.

The 13-week movement, seeking to reverse more restrictive GOP laws passed this year on a range of social issues from voting to abortion, showed up in front of Asheville City Hall Monday, with more than 5,000 demonstrators in tow, The Huffington Post reported.

Asheville is the first of several locations planned by the movement while the legislature is in recess, culminating in a big rally in Washington, D.C. Sept. 12.

"This is no momentary hyperventilation and liberal screaming match. This is a movement," the Rev. William Barber, head of the North Carolina NAACP, told the crowd Monday in Asheville.

The Moral Monday events began in April following the passage of Republican-sponsored legislation requiring a state-issued photo ID to be eligible to vote. Since then, thousands of protesters have shown up at the state Capitol in Raleigh to voice concerns about legislation being pushed through by Republican lawmakers and GOP Gov. Pat McCrory.

The protest have been non-violent, but so far more than a 1,000 people have been arrested and jailed, according to DemocracyNow.

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