NAACP, students challenge education changes

A protestor holds up a sign at a recent demonstration in Raleigh.
June 19, 2013 7:58:01 AM PDT
The NAACP announced Wednesday it will join with a group of students who plan to challenge Governor Pat McCrory to veto any budget cuts for higher education.

"North Carolina could soon become the only state in the South that is actually cutting funds for higher education this year," said Tyler Swanson, student leader and member of the NC A&T State University chapter of the NAACP in a news release sent out by the civil rights organization.

The groups planned to hold a news conference at 3:30 before walking to the State Capitol to deliver their message.

The NAACP said June 19 is also significant because it's the anniversary of the historic passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the US Senate.

The NAACP has been making national headlines for its continued protests against changes coming through the Republican controlled General Assembly. Hundreds have been arrested during its "Moral Monday" events at the Capitol. The NAACP and other left-leaning groups are upset over policies ranging from social spending to education and voting rights.

While the legislature is close to wrapping up its regular session in the coming weeks, the NAACP says the protests will continue.

Republicans have dismissed the protests as the work of 'outsiders' and political activists and say they are doing the bidding of the majority of North Carolinians who elected them to super majorities in 2012.

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