- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on plans for 15-state political revival tour (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

The minister known for starting the “Moral Monday” movement and the former minister of The Riverside Church in New York say they will go on a 15-state tour to encourage people to reclaim political discourse so that it focuses on love, justice and mercy.

The Rev. William Barber and the Rev. James Forbes spoke Monday at a news conference in Raleigh about the tour called “The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values.” It begins Sunday at Riverside Church; the first revival will be held April 4 at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh.

Barber says the social-political process has been poisoned by “regressive, immoral and hateful policies” and that people of faith and others must work toward equality and peace.

Barber is president of the state chapter of the NAACP but says he’s speaking out on this tour as a minister and founder of a group called Repairers of Breach.

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4 a.m.

The president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and the former minister of The Riverside Church in New York City are announcing a revival tour that they say intends to change the meaning of morality in American politics.

The Rev. William Barber and the Rev. James Forbes will hold a news conference Monday at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh. They are announcing the tour which will go to 15 states and Washington, D.C., during its first phase from April through January.

The revival will include direct actions in state capitals on three Mondays in September along with actions in Cleveland and Philadelphia after the GOP and Democratic national conventions in those cities.

Organizers say the tour will champion values of love, justice and mercy.

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