7:05 am
Tue May 20, 2014

'Moral Monday' Protests Resume in North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC (AP) - The weekly protests known as "Moral Mondays" have resumed at North Carolina's legislature for the first time this year.

William Barber at a Moral Monday Rally
William Barber at a Moral Monday Rally
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The group gathered in front of the Legislative Building and walked through Monday, led by the Rev. William Barber, president of the state chapter of the NAACP, in their first appearance.

Barber said the group sought to ensure no arrests. But protesters put tape over their mouths to show how they have been silenced by new Legislative Building rules they say is meant to silence opposition.

The focus of Moral Monday hasn't changed much from last year. Protesters are calling for a host of repeals on Republican-written laws, including teacher pay and unemployment insurance.

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