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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.
On September 12, people of faith and moral courage will gather at state capitols in 25 states to deliver the “Higher Ground Moral Declaration,” which calls on governors, senators, state legislators, and candidates for office to move away from extremist politics and policies that benefit the few and move toward policies and laws that are just and fair and guarantee a better life for the majority of the people.
New Yorkers of all faiths are compelled by our traditions to seek justice. How do we do so faithfully and effectively in a time of increasing inequality, poverty and ideological division? September 25-27, join people of faith from across New York as we learn and reflect together on how to organize, educate, advocate, and agitate for economic and racial justice in our state.
This spring we've been reminded yet again how badly New York's political system needs reform. April's primary highlighted New York's low voter turnout and antiquated registration process. Then May brought the sentencing of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos AND former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges.
Low-wage workers, faith leaders and advocates began a 24-hour vigil at the Capitol Monday to call on the state legislature to include a $15 minimum wage, Paid Family Leave, and $51 million for the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program in the state budget, which is due Friday.
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.