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NC NAACP president asks people to ‘stand up’ for justice

Rev. William Barber II met with about 75 Charlotte activists and community leaders Tuesday night to plan a march that he called “bigger than Selma.”

Barber, president of the N.C. NAACP, led an organizing rally at Little Rock AME Zion Church. It was the latest stop on a 15-city tour to promote the Feb. 8 march in Raleigh.

Barber said he’s asking people to “stand up” for justice.

“This movement is not about black and white, it’s not about liberal or conservative,” he said before the rally.

Barber is the organizer of “Moral Mondays,” the demonstrations that began last spring during the General Assembly session in Raleigh.

The protests targeted what Barber has called the “immoral and unconstitutional policies” of the Republican-controlled legislature, including shrinking of unemployment benefits, a decision not to expand Medicaid and a voting bill that, among other things, requires a voter photo ID.

Nearly 1,000 people have been arrested in “Moral Monday” protests.

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