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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- For the Rev. William Barber, Moral Monday protests are more than just weekly demonstrations drawing thousands of people to Raleigh.

They're part of a major North Carolina movement. They are uniting coalitions fighting for social, economic and environmental justice over divisive legislation by Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly.

Barber is president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He says he's now coordinating Moral Monday demonstrations in the state's 13 Congressional districts.

One is planned Aug. 19 in Charlotte.

Over the last six months, GOP lawmakers have implemented a conservative platform.

But the sharp rightward turn prompted weekly protests at the legislative building that drew thousands from across the state and led to about 930 arrests.

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