william_barber_1.jpgRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The state chapter of the NAACP wants North Carolina lawmakers to focus on issues surrounding poverty and economic justice in the legislative session that begins in earnest at the end of the month.

The NAACP will hold a policy briefing and news conference Tuesday morning at the Legislative Building in Raleigh.

State chapter president The Rev. William Barber says the General Assembly should focus on several poverty-related subjects.

Barber says those issues include economic ones such as living wages and labor rights; educational equality, including access to community colleges and universities; health care for everyone; inequalities in the justice system; and expanding voting rights.

The civil rights group also will screen Tuesday a documentary based on a “poverty tour'' it led last year.