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Moral Monday movement gets shoutout from Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton gave a shout-out to the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina during a voting rights speech in Texas on Thursday.

Speaking at Texas Southern University, a historically black college in Houston, the Democratic presidential candidate called for more activists to join the fray.

“Some of the worst provisions in recent laws have been blocked or delayed by tireless advocates raising the alarm and filing legal challenges, but they can’t do it alone,” she said. “We need more grassroots mobilization efforts like the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina, to build momentum for reform.”

The New York Times reported this week that Marc Elias, a lawyer whose clients include Clinton’s campaign, has filed lawsuits in Ohio and Wisconsin challenging new election laws enacted. Elias brought a similar lawsuit in North Carolina in 2014. Other suits are planned, the Times reported.

Elias is the general counsel for Clinton’s campaign, and worked on the John Kerry and John Edwards 2004 campaign, and Al Franken’s successful U.S. Senate campaign in 2008.

Clinton’s Moral Monday remark, which is available online at C-SPAN, refers to the weekly protests and mass arrests in Raleigh that began two years ago in response to laws passed by the Republican-led General Assembly. The NAACP and other groups started the rallies, which have continued in various forms.