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Moral Monday movement calls for change in Columbus and Georgia

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It was a protest in an empty government building but they hope their voices echo through the halls and resonate with the elected officials who walk those halls daily.

The heart of the Moral Monday movement is change at the state level, as the movement led to 81 arrests at the Georgia State Capitol while activists protested during this year's legislative session.

No one was arrested this Monday at the City Services Center, but organization leaders say they hope it was a launching point to initiate change in the city, state and across the nation.

Activists spoke out against state laws regarding Medicaid expansion, incarceration and gun laws. One activist claims the new Georgia gun law has given people more access to guns and it's contributing to the gun violence in Columbus

“If you're protecting your home and you have taken classes for it to protect your family, there's nothing wrong with that. But taking guns and putting them in young adolescents hands and parents putting guns in their hands, and that's why we have so much violence,” said Sherman “Bishop” Adams.

Those involved hope elected officials will take note of their efforts, but more importantly, they say they need involvement from citizens to help bring about change.

“People need to wake up. Georgia will only move forward, when the citizens determine that they will move forward and you express your will of democracy in the ballot,” said Francys Johnson, the President of the Georgia NAACP.

They're hoping its change that moves past the state level, as people see what's happening in communities across the nation and wake up to the need that things need to be done differently.

“We don't agree with riots, or violent protests, but at the same time, people have simply had enough of their children shot to death on public streets in United States,” said Johnson.

Monday's event, hosted by the local chapter of the NAACP, was part of a statewide tour in order to gain support for moral Monday across the state. Their 16-day tour ends Tuesday. It was the first Moral Monday held in Columbus.

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, is News 3's nightside reporter.
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