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Georgia leaders set "Moral Monday" mass rally at Capitol

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ATLANTA--Faith leaders and civil rights activists plan to demonstrate at the Capitol, calling on state lawmakers to expand Medicaid, raise the minimum wage and restore funding to public schools, among other things.

The Moral Monday Georgia coalition is meeting with legislators and holding a mass rally on Jan. 13, the first day of the Legislative Session. The gatherings will be the first in a series of Monday "days of action" on
various legislative and policy issues during the 2014 Georgia Legislative Session.  

The Moral Monday movement started in 2013 in North Carolina after  state lawmakers there passed what many said was some of the harshest legislation in the state's history. The Moral Monday protests led to hundreds of arrests last year in North Carolina.  

The Georgia group leaders want state lawmakers to focus on a call to expand Medicaid, raise the minimum wage and restore funding to public schools among other things.

Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) has been pushing the Moral Monday movement. Fort visited New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church on Jan. 5 to build momentum for the upcoming events.

Speakers at the rally include Fort; the Rev. Timothy McDonald III, pastor, First Iconium Baptist Church; Francis Johnson, President, Georgia NAACP; and North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber; and Georgians directly affected by lack of access to Medicaid The Georgia group has been meeting for weeks to plan its first day of action.

Here is a look at the schedule for Jan. 13:
§  10:30 a.m. ­ 1:30 pm - Visits to legislators at the Georgia State Capitol

§  2-3:30 pm - Workshop with North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William
Barber at Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington St. SW, Atlanta.

 4-6 p.m., Rally, Georgia State Capitol, Washington Street steps

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