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Protest leaders call policies ‘moral’ issues

Saying they’re fighting for the “soul of North Carolina,” organizers of Monday’s Charlotte protest on Friday rallied supporters to attend.

The “Moral Monday” protest, the first in Charlotte, will take place Monday at uptown’s Marshall Park from 5 to 7 p.m.

“We are not going to let the so-called religious right define the moral discourse in the public square,” state NAACP President William Barber II said at a news conference Friday at Charlotte Stonewall AME Zion church.

The protest, like those that took place in Raleigh during the legislative session and earlier this month in Asheville, will protest the policies of Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Protesters won’t be the only ones active in Charlotte.

The North Carolina Republican Party and the Mecklenburg County GOP are launching a “Weekend of Action” to contact thousands of voters in and around Charlotte.

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