- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Several clergy members opposed to Republican policies approved in North Carolina are asking to meet with GOP state government leaders before the legislative session begin next month.

But they aren’t standing down from their criticisms.

The ministers led by Moral Mondays protest chief organizer the Rev. William Barber wrote a letter dated Friday to Gov. Pat McCrory, Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis. State government offices were closed for Good Friday.

The clergy said Easter and Passover season was an appropriate time to come together “to discuss issues of justice” and believed “common ground” could be found on key issues.

The letter spent several paragraphs reinforcing their opposition to legislation that among others prevented the expansion of Medicaid, scaled back voting rules and reduced public education spending.