‘Moral Day of Action’ rallies focus on workers, poor, sick

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Activists nationwide are holding rallies and calling on elected officials to support what they call a “moral public framework” to protect the poor, minorities, the sick and other disenfranchised people.

The rallies being held Monday are part of the “Higher Ground Moral Day of Action,” led by the Rev. William Barber, the architect of the “Moral Monday” protests that begin in April 2013 in North Carolina. He gained national attention when he spoke this year at the Democratic National Convention.

They’re asking elected officials and candidates to sign a “Higher Ground Moral Declaration” to support voting rights and other issues. Barber says a true moral agenda critiques how policies treat all of humanity.

Crowds ranged from more than 300 people in Raleigh to a few dozen in Richmond, Virginia.

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