‘Moral Monday’ rallies planned in 20 state capitals and Washington, D.C.

FILE PHOTO Legislative Protests Photo by Gerry Broome, AP Photo_215109

Participants attend a Moral Monday rally near the North Carolina Legislature in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, June 20, 2016. Victims of violence including the recent Orlando shooting and the Charleston shooting were honored during the rally. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A movement that began more than three years ago about conservative policies in North Carolina has grown into an event that will be held in 30 states and Washington, D.C., to promote what supporters call a “moral public policy framework.”

The Rev. William Barber will lead the protest on Monday at the North Carolina Capitol in Raleigh. Barber is the leader of the “Moral Monday” movement that began in April 2013 to protest conservative policies that advocates say hurt the poor and minorities. He gained national attention when he spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

Organizers say clergy will lead a “Higher Ground Moral Day of Action” outside state Capitol buildings and city halls, delivering petitions that express their support for groups they say are hurt by current public policies.

C-SPAN: Press Conference Announcing September 12, 2016 National Higher Ground Moral Day of Action

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