[Release] Moral Revival National Day of Action

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CONTACT: Rev. Emily McNeill, 585-313-8574, emcneill@labor-religion.org
March and Rally – 11:00, NYS Capitol, West Capitol Park

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:

WAMC
Albany Times Union

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.

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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
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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.

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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