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Love of Humanity is Cheated: A Holy Week Response to the State Budget

Love of Humanity is Cheated: A Holy Week Response to the State Budget

The New York state budget comes during the Christian holy week, an observance of the week Jesus entered into Jerusalem, cast the profiteers out of the temple, and went to the cross. In New York state, where upstate cities endure a 50 percent childhood poverty rate, the state Legislature just passed a budget that includes a tax break on private yachts and airplanes. Clearly, New York has its own profiteers.

Tell NY Lawmakers: A Budget Is a Moral Document

Tell NY Lawmakers: A Budget Is a Moral Document

One week from now, negotiations over our New York state cash advance loans seattle budget may be over. Rumors abound about what the final deal will include, but one thing is for sure:

Now is the time to speak out and take action on the issues that matter to you and your community. 

Moral Mondays NY: The Scandal is Poverty

Moral Mondays NY: The Scandal is Poverty

It's been a dramatic week here in Albany. Charges filed against the Assembly Speaker and investigations of other officials are fueling important conversations about the need for ethics reforms at the Capitol. In the midst of this, we and our faith and community partners are committed to calling attention to the effects of a political and economic system set up to serve wealthy interests: New York State continues to have the highest income inequality in the nation and more than 3 million New Yorkers live in poverty.  Communities across our state are affected. Buffalo is the fourth poorest city in the nation. In rural Montgomery County, more than 1 in 5 live in poverty, and in Rochester, over half of the city's children are poor. 

#MoralMonday returns for a New Year

#MoralMonday returns for a New Year

Yesterday was the first Monday of 2015, and we started the year off with a Moral Monday press conference and vigil at the State Capitol. More than 40 religious, community and labor leaders joined us to call on our elected leaders to put the people of New York State first.

Fast for a moral budget!

Fast for a moral budget!

The annual statewide 40-Hour Fast begins Tuesday at 8 pm and lasts until 12 pm on Thursday March 20th.

This year, the Fast will highlight the immorality of a state budget that favors the wealthy while leaving the rest struggling to meet basic needs. Across New York State, communities are taking action to win a moral budget that prioritizes human need over the narrow interests of the wealthy.