NC NAACP chief says more civil disobedience ahead unless Republican lawmakers approve agenda

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — More confrontations are likely ahead later this month at the North Carolina legislature between people opposed to Republican policies and legislative police.

The head of a protest movement that began in 2013 visited the Legislative Building on Tuesday along with other advocates to promote an agenda that includes approving Medicaid expansion and a state referendum to raise the minimum wage.

The Rev. William Barber of the state NAACP says civil disobedience will occur at the legislative complex April 29 unless the GOP-led legislature starts passing bills for that agenda. About 1,000 arrests have occurred since the first gatherings of the nonviolent "Moral Monday" movement occurred.

Barber acknowledged change is difficult short of voting out lawmakers and winning in court. But he says the movement is taking a long-term view.

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