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Moral Monday rallies reach a new milestone

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For the 10th straight week, protests continue in our state capitol and this Moral Monday drew the largest crowd's yet. They're demanding lawmakers stop attacks on public education and women, to reinstate unemployment benefits for more than 170,000 people and not restrict voting rights.

"We've worked too hard to get where we are, we've come too far to get where we are." ---That's the message thousands are sending to our current legislative leadership and Governor. At a small church in Raleigh, supporters of the NAACP's Moral Monday movement gathered to voice their concerns.

"If these policies don't change, we're going backwards, we're not going forward." Larsene Taylor is connected to this cause; just a week after it started, she was arrested inside the General Assembly for trespassing.

"This is not a moment, this is a movement and a movement takes time." Taylor said. She is among the more than 700 individuals arrested so far.

"I really truly feel that it's a moral duty to be arrested when some people just couldn't." Beth Story of Mantio said, before she was arrested.

"I think it's a shame because how can you arrest people in their own house." Calvin Henderson, the Pitt County NAACP President drove to Raleigh to partake in Monday's rally. He and others from across the state promise to bring their message back to local communities.

The group says they have just begun to fight and are not giving up. They tell "9 On Your Side" that next week they'll focus on women's issues.

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