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'Women Of Color' Lobby State Lawmakers

Posted April 26, 2005 6:35 a.m. EDT

— Scores of women around the state lobbied legislators to increase funding for state workers and minority economic development and develop a comprehensive response to the Leandro school ruling.

The "Women of Color Legislative Day" brought together 70 organizations statewide that want to address disparities among the races on a host of issues.

Rhonda Raney with the North Carolina Justice Center said the state's recent economic troubles had hit minority groups very hard.

The group also supports a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition at University of North Carolina and community college system campuses.

A separate news conference Tuesday featured Republican lawmakers who oppose the bill.