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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Moral Monday to relocate to Charlotte

Posted By on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

After the Moral Monday protests end in about two weeks - that's when legislators recess for summer break - the weekly protests will relocate to Charlotte.

Throughout the process of hosting Moral Monday, a weekly event in Raleigh that's led to some 800 arrests of protesters, the NAACP has organized a broad group of grassroots and activist organizations into the Forward Together Coalition, including Democracy NC, Action NC, Charlotte Solidarity Center, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and labor unions, including the UE 150.

On Saturday, the coalition came to Charlotte and organized a Trayvon Martin rally, in conjunction with the others hosted in more than 100 cities across the United States. The 300 or so attendees at Marshall Park grieved the slain teen but also learned, from Forward Together Coalition member,s about legislation moving through the General Assembly that would negatively affect mostly minorities and the poor.

"This is an opportunity to educate Charlotte on what is happening in the N.C. General Assembly so that they can join the fight for equality," said Rev. Kojo Nantambu, president of the Charlotte chapter of the NAACP. Nantambu confirmed that Moral Mondays would indeed relocate to Charlotte, though he didn't give a specific date.

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