Thanks to all who joined us at the 2016 Faith for a Fair NY Conference! Below you'll find links to press coverage of our action on Tuesday, a Storify of tweets and photos, and information about our presenters.
With 6 weeks left in this year's legislative session and scandals continuing to rock Albany, we're determined to keep attention on the scandal of New York's first-in-the-nation inequality. That's why we're returning to the State Capitol for four more Moral Mondays vigils, continuing to call on our leaders to pass urgently needed legislation to benefit the most vulnerable in our state.
Thousands of clergy, moral leaders and community members will be rallying at state capitols across the United States on August 28th, the 51st Anniversary of the March on Washington, to demand representative leadership characterized not by corruption and greed but by morality and compassion. The rallies are the culmination of a Moral Week of Action, spearheaded by Rev. Dr. William Barber and the North Carolina NAACP - leaders of the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina. Beginning Aug. 21, marches in Raleigh and elsewhere will call for labor rights, living wages, quality public education, criminal justice reform and access to healthcare. On Aug. 28, New Yorkers will add our voices to this national movement for leadership that prioritizes the well-being of all people, rather than the narrow interests of the very wealthy.
We're gearing up for our annual Faith for a Fair NY Retreat, held this year on Sept. 16-17 at the Dominican Retreat Center in Niskayuna! Join other faith leaders - both lay and clergy from many denominations and faiths - as we build relationships, learn together, and plan powerful action toward economic justice in New York State. Our workshop topics this year will include Single-Payer Healthcare, Effective Advocacy, Moral Budget, Low-Wage Worker Campaigns, and Immigrant Rights. Come be inspired and get connected to great work happening across the state!
Education is an essential component of the fight against inequality. A fair and equal education not only offers up opportunities, but builds hope in a future that is bright and secure. Battling poverty, hunger, and social injustice begins with battling inequities in public education. In New York State, education is under attack. Over the past three years AP, IB, and elective courses have been reduced or eliminated. Music, Art, Theater and sports programs have been reduced or eliminated. 35,000 educators and support staff have lost their jobs statewide, and many New Yorkers have come to know record poverty. New York State has forgone its constitutional promise and moral obligation to provide a quality education to all students.