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NAACP holds rally following more protest arrests

May 7, 2013 8:08:48 PM PDT
With two rounds of arrests in the books, the leader of the North Carolina NAACP says the group isn't stopping.

N.C. NAACP President Rev. William Barber announced more of his plan Tuesday evening to continue the "civil disobedience" that has happened in the last than two weeks that resulted in dozens of arrests.

No one was hauled off to jail Tuesday. Instead, there was more of an organizing meeting for future rallies in their fight against several decisions made in the GOP-controlled legislature.

"If you meet with lobbyists secretly but refuse to meet with us publicly, you are violating the constitution," said Barber.

Tuesday's rally stayed within the walls of the Martin Street Baptist Church.

Barber used the time to remind supporters that even though dozens have ended up behind bars this group, young and old, and black and white, has the right to continue to protest and will.

"The constitution says we have a right to assemble for the common good, and to instruct our representatives and to apply to the General Assembly for redress of our grievances," said Baber.

Barber announced they will now take their fight to 15 counties across the state.

They are fighting decisions to make cuts to Medicaid, education, unemployment and voting rights. Together they lit candles. Each one representing groups affected by these cuts.

They also stood in prayer as they get ready for the next wave of what they call "civil disobedience" toward change.

"They need to be instructed, which means you have to intrude," said Barber.

Barber says they will announce every Friday their plan for rallies and protests for the following Monday.

The next time they will meet is Monday at the Davie Street Presbyterian Church at 3:45 p.m.

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