Created: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:38:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:52:04 EST
CHARLOTTE, NC- Close to two thousand protestors flooded Uptown for Charlotte's first Moral Monday.
It's a political fight that's brought out tens of thousands from across the state - many willing to go to jail for their beliefs.
The Queen City is the latest stop in the movement gaining national attention. Moral Mondays sparked in North Carolina to show disapproval to the state legislature's handling of voter rights, abortion and the budget.
The turnout in Charlotte was small compared to a crowd of over five thousand that showed up in Asheville earlier this month.
The Moral Monday protests began in April in Raleigh. Police arrested about 930 protesters over a 13 week period. The Wake County Defense Attorney says he will dismiss the charges if those arrested pay court costs and perform 25 hours of community service.
Peaceful protestors in Charlotte were fighting for a lot of different political issues.
“We have come here to say that we are tired and we're not going to take it anymore," said Rev. Dwayne Walker Of Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church in Charlotte.
"We've been running for justice for a long time, but we ain't tired yet!" sang a musician at the rally.
The Charlotte NAACP organized Monday's rally that Rev. Kojo Nantumbu hopes will raise awareness about new state laws that affect the poor and working class.
Lots of local teachers like Stanley County's Kim Donahue showed up to fight budgets cuts they say are hurting public education.
“I'm a special education teacher and my kids need all the help they can get and they're taking from public education and giving it to the rich," said Donahue.
Others are frustrated about North Carolina's Voter ID Law.
"They're making it harder for college students to vote, they're cutting back on early voting," said Joe Dean, a Cornelius resident.
Lots of the messages, the signs and the songs were directed at Governor Pat McCrory.
"Why does he want to interfere with if or if not my patients start a family? He has no right to do that. None!,” said Liz Snyder, who says her local abortion clinic was shut down.
Others spoke on unemployment and Medicaid. Many voices -- but one promise: the fight won't end in Charlotte.
The NAACP is asking religious leaders in Charlotte and across the state to take part in Social Justice Sunday on August 25. They want ministers to talk about social issues.