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Protesters attend march at NC Capitol

Posted August 23, 2014 6:54 p.m. EDT

— Dozens of protesters marched at the State Capitol Saturday to call for education funding and a fair criminal justice system. 

The march marked the second day 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.

On Saturday, demonstrators targeted the Governor and other Republican leaders for the school voucher program, which allows lower-income students to use taxpayer money to pay for tuition at private schools. 

The protesters believe the vouchers will rob public schools of critical funding. 

"We see this massive underfunding of schools as being directly connected to the privatization in the form of vouchers and charter schools," said Todd Warren, a teacher from Guilford County. "We see it as being connected to the school-to-prison pipeline."

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.