Clergy Lead ‘Moral March’ in Albany and Other Capitals Across US
Activists and faith leaders deliver declaration to Governor and legislative leaders, call for action on broad issue platform
Albany news coverage at:
More photos available at the Facebook event page.
Livestream from Citizen Action of NY:
ALBANY (September 12, 2016) - Over 100 people gathered outside the Capitol Building Monday as New York clergy and activists joined their counterparts in 27 other state capitals for a “Moral Day of Action.” The rallies were held to deliver a “Higher Ground Moral Declaration” to governors and elected officials, calling on them to respond to the urgent needs of the poor, people who are ill, children, immigrants, communities of color, and religious minorities.
In Albany, three dozen clergy and people directly impacted by the issues the declaration addresses led a march down State Street to the Capitol, where they delivered the document to Gov. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and Senate Coalition Leader Jeffrey Klein.
The Moral Day of Action is a part of The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values, a national multi-state tour to redefine morality in American politics. The tour challenges leaders of faith and moral courage to be more vocally opposed to harmful policies that disproportionately impact vulnerable communities.
In July, the Higher Ground Moral Declaration was delivered to both the Republican National Convention and Democratic Convention. It directs tough and specific questions to political candidates and elected officials of both parties concerning:
Democracy and Voting Rights Poverty and Economic Justice Workers Rights Education Healthcare Environmental Justice Immigrants Rights and Xenophobia Criminal Justice LGBTQ Rights War Mongering and the Military
[text of the full declaration is available at moralrevival.org]
In New York, the rally was coordinated by a coalition of clergy and community organizations including Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS, New York State Council of Churches, Citizen Action of NY, and FOCUS Churches of Albany.
Nationally, The Revival is co-led by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, and architect of the Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina; and the Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., senior minister emeritus of The Riverside Church, president of Healing of the Nations Ministries, and national minister for the Drum Major Institute. It is supported and endorsed by Repairers of the Breach; the Drum Major Institute; Healing of the Nations Ministries; Auburn Seminary; Kairos Center for Rights, Religions and Social Justice; and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference in coordination with local inviting groups.
Speakers List Rev. Liz Theoharis, The Kairos Center for Rights, Religions and Social Justice Rev. Emily McNeill, Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State Darryl Johnson, Center for Law and Justice Rev. Kym McNair, Bedford Presbyterian Church Arvanetta Henry, Picture the Homeless Rev. Peter Cook, New York State Council of Churches Jacquie Jordan, McDonald’s worker with Fight for $15 Tim Vogt, UAW Local 1508 Father Richard Vosko, St. Vincent de Paul Parish Rev. Horace Sanders, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Cara Ann Lemon, nurse, NYSNA member The Rev. Jonathan Vanderbeck, First Reformed Schenectady Lauren Hackett, Hoosick Falls resident Sahar Alsahlani, Stony Point Community of Living Traditions Rev. Sam Trumbore, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany Alicia Barazza, mother of Benjamin Van Zandt Ashley Birt, Rutgers Presbyterian Church Rev. Ron Garner, Wantagh Memorial Community Church