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.
Our message echoes that of Moral Mondays movements in North Carolina and throughout the country: At a time of increasing inequality, we need our state government to create living wage jobs, tax those most able to pay, provide social services for the most vulnerable, fund quality public schools for all children, guarantee access to affordable healthcare, and put the well-being of constituents ahead of donors.
Yesterday's event was the first of many. Next Monday, Alliance for Quality Education, along with Citizen Action of New York, Make the Road NY, New York Communities for Change, UFT, NYSUT, Strong Economy for All and Coalition for Education Justice, are hosting Moral Monday at the Capitol with Rev. Barber himself.
Stay tuned for more Moral Monday events in Albany and throughout the state as the 2015 legislative session gets going!
In the meantime, here's press coverage of Jan. 5 and the upcoming legislative session:
New York Daily News: Labor and Religious Leaders Hold Vigil at NY Capitol for Minimum Wage Increase
Albany Times Union: Groups Call for Moral Legislation in 2015
The Miami Herald (AP): Religious Leaders Hold Minimum Wage Vigil at NY Capitol
The Albany Project: Moral Mondays Movement Comes to Albany
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Cuomo, Lawmakers Face New, Old Battles in 2015