As our elected leaders move forward with negotiating a state budget that will affect all of us, community leaders in the Capital District are coming together to call for justice.
This Sunday at 3:30, Buddhist, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant clergy join together with other community leaders to call for living wages, strong public schools, care for the poor, and justice in the justice system.
If you haven't been able to make the Moral Mondays vigils, this will be a great opportunity to experience the growing Albany moral movement in action. In addition to an inspiring lineup of faith leaders and community members, we're excited to welcome long-time activist singer-songwriter Lorre Wyatt with Liesl Keller.
Doors open at 3 pm and the program begins at 3:30. A donation of a non-perishable food time, personal care products, or money to support the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry would be appreciated, but is not required.
Then on Monday at 12:30 pm, Moral Mondays returns to the War Room at the State Capitol. This week we join our allies in the movement to reform our criminal justice system as they seek an end to solitary confinement, raising the age of adult accountability, parole reform, and the appointment of a special prosecutor for cases of police brutality.
New York is one of only two states that processes juveniles as young as 16 in the adult criminal justice system. And although the United Nations has stated that solitary confinement of longer than 15 days constitutes torture, prisoners in New York prisons are often held there for months or years.
These practices devastate communities and have created a permanent under-class, what author Michelle Alexander has called “The New Jim Crow”.