John Hayes responds

I've been here for going on 38 years. What I've done, and what I do, speaks for itself. And as for being the president of the Asheville NAACP branch, I sat at the table with the Moral Monday organizers and was a part of the process.

Noticeably, you can see that everything about the event was nonpartisan, and that is because of the involvement of the local NAACP. What the NAACP is all about is nonpartisan. Not all Democrats are our friends; not all Republicans are our enemies.

We deal with issues. We're dealing with what is happening with the Legislature, following the directions of Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina Conference of Branches of the NAACP. You don't need to hear a lot from me.

The Moral Monday movement is the NAACP at work. When Barber speaks, he speaks for all of the branches and chapters.

— John Hayes

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