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Big rallies expected at state legislature

Expect a crowd Tuesday at the N.C. General Assembly. The N.C. chapter of the NAACP is holding a lobbying day, promising to mobilize huge numbers to counter what they believe is an extreme Republican agenda.

The Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) coalition will start with an event at First Baptist church in downtown Raleigh at 9 a.m.
"We are petitioning our government for redress of grievances," Rev. William J. Barber said in a statement. "With people who are being directly penalized and punished by the extreme ideological agenda being promoted on Jones Street, we will peaceably, and with grace, demand they stop their attacks on the most vulnerable North Carolinians.

The event coincides with N.C. Women United's legislative advocacy day. The group expects 85 to 100 supporters from across the state to flood the legislative buildings and push for "proactive measures that prioritize the needs of women and their families in North Carolina." Kim Gandy, the leader of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, will serve as a keynote speaker at a 9:15 a.m. rally.


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