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Somewhere between 80 to 100,000
people from 32 states
turned out to protest four years of drastic state Republican initiatives in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday.
The "Moral March on Raleigh," organized by Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ), marched from Shaw University to the state capitol to push back against the "immoral and unconstitutional policies
" of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory during the 2013 NC General Assembly session. Since North Carolina Republicans took over both legislative chambers in 2010, legislators have eliminated a host of programs and raised taxes
on the bottom 95 percent, repealed a tax credit
for 900,000 working families, enforced voter suppression efforts
Medicaid coverage, cut pre-Kindergarten funding, cut federal unemployment benefits, and gave itself the authority to intervene
in abortion lawsuits.
Activists have gathered at weekly protests, called 'Moral Mondays,' in North Carolina since 2013 as a way to give voice to individuals whose rights were under attack
by the Republican-controlled legislature. While there were no reported arrests in Saturday's protest, hundreds of nonviolent protesters
were arrested during last year's Moral Monday events.
Here's a look at 15 of the best photos from Saturday's Moral March: