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73 arrested at latest Moral Monday demonstration

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Protestors are against a bill requiring photo ID at polling places and cuts to voting days, moves they call voter "suppression". Protestors are against a bill requiring photo ID at polling places and cuts to voting days, moves they call voter "suppression".
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The NCAE joined last night's Moral Monday protests in Raleigh, motivated by the budget they argue hurts public schools.

Their president, Rodney Ellis, was just one of the 73 demonstrators arrested.

"The dismantling of public education in North Carolina has begun," said Rodney Ellis, NCAE President. "I am willing to be arrested for 95 teachers in North Carolina who have had their profession disrespected and dismantled."

However the theme of the rally was voting rights.

Protestors are against a bill requiring photo ID at polling places and cuts to voting days, moves they call voter "suppression".

And as the movement continues to gather national attention, North Carolina NAACP President William Barber likens it to historic moments in the civil rights struggle.

And he sees it doing big things.

"We can bust the solid south wide open. And if we change the south, we can change the nation," said North Carolina NAACP President William Barber.

Next week, Barber said there will be the largest inter-faith gathering in the history of the state. The rally will include a march through the heart of downtown Raleigh.

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