Dozens of clergy gathered at the Capitol for a ‘Moral Monday’ press conference and vigil, calling on the state legislature to pass an increase in the minimum wage to $15 statewide as part of the New York State budget, which is due April 1. They also delivered a petition to legislative leaders signed by 125 faith leaders from across New York.
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.