Protesters attend labor rights rally at NC Capitol

Posted August 22, 2014 4:54 p.m. EDT
Updated August 22, 2014 6:14 p.m. EDT

— Dozens of demonstrators wearing red union shirts rallied Friday at the North Carolina Capitol to call for fair wages and workers' rights.

The rally kicked off seven days of demonstrations by the organizers of the "Moral Monday" protests of conservative public policy at the North Carolina legislature. About 1,000 people have been arrested at the protests during the past two legislative sessions.

Organizers plan to focus on a different topic each day in the latest series of rallies. Demonstrators marched from the Bicentennial Mall to the Capitol for Friday's rally, calling for the Earned Income Tax Credit to be reinstated and focusing on other labor rights, fair wage and economic justice issues.

The so-called Moral Week of Action will end next Thursday with a voting rights rally.

NAACP leaders in several other states were planning protests at their own state capitols this month.

Lavin Summers of Henderson said he came out to stand up for workers' rights, Summers works at an AT&T call center.