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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The leader of a North Carolina civil rights group arrested last year for disrupting a House session says he and others are back at the Legislative Building to ensure lawmakers work to benefit all citizens and not a privileged few.

The Rev. William Barber of the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People spoke at a news conference during its lobbying day Wednesday. He pressed for more education funding and a progressive tax system while rejecting photo identification requirements for voters.

Barber pleaded guilty this month to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He was one of several protesters who stood and shouted in the House gallery a year ago Thursday. He received no sentence.

Barber has returned to the building several times since his arrest.

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