15 Photos From the Massive Progressive Protest You Didn’t Hear About This Weekend

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Kathy Jones reacts during the closing remarks by Rev. William Barber at the Moral March on Raleigh on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, NC, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Robert Willett)

Somewhere between 80 to 100,000 people from 32 states turned out to protest four years of drastic state Republican initiatives in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday.

The “Moral March on Raleigh,” organized by Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ), marched from Shaw University to the state capitol to push back against the “immoral and unconstitutional policies” of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory during the 2013 NC General Assembly session. Since North Carolina Republicans took over both legislative chambers in 2010, legislators have eliminated a host of programs and raised taxes on the bottom 80 percentrepealed a tax credit for 900,000 working families, enforced voter suppression effortsblocked Medicaid coverage, cut pre-Kindergarten funding, cut federal unemployment benefits and gave itself the authority to intervene in abortion lawsuits.

Activists have gathered at weekly protests, called Moral Mondays, in North Carolina since 2013 as a way to give voice to individuals whose rights were under attack by the Republican-controlled legislature. While there were no reported arrests in Saturday’s protest, hundreds of nonviolent protesters were arrested during last year’s Moral Monday events.

Here’s a look at 15 of the best photos from Saturday’s Moral March:

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee is an immigration reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress. She received her BA in psychology and Middle East studies and a MA in psychology from New York University. A Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiary, Esther is passionate about immigration issues from all sides of the debate. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA. Follow her on Twitter at @estherindc.
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