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Joe Ward | firstname.lastname@example.org
Clergy to Lead Moral March in Montgomery, AL and Other Capitols Across US
WASHINGTON – On Monday, September 12 at 11:00 a.m., clergy will lead a “Moral Day of Action” outside of the [[Alabama]] state capitol building in Montgomery, AL and over 25 other state capitols across the country. Faith leaders will be joined at state capitol buildings by advocates, activists, and people who have been hurt and impacted by regressive policies and extremism in our political system. They will hold rallies and deliver the “Higher Ground Moral Declaration,” a moral public policy framework, to Governors, U.S. Senators, and candidates for office.
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.
The “Higher Ground Moral Declaration” (currently signed by over 10,000 people of faith and 1,500 clergy) calls on elected officials and candidates for office to advance a moral public policy agenda that responds to the urgent needs of the poor, people who are ill, children, immigrants, communities of color, and religious minorities. 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
- Environmental Justice
- Immigrants Rights and Xenophobia
- Criminal Justice
- LGBTQ Rights
- War Mongering and the Military
The “Higher Ground Moral Declaration” was delivered to both the Republican National Convention and Democratic Convention in July, prior to each party’s 2016 presidential conventions.
The “Moral Day of Action” is being coordinated in over 25 capital cities including Montgomery, AL, Little Rock, AR, Sacramento, CA, Denver, CO, Hartford, CT, Washington, DC, Tallahassee, FL, Atlanta, GA, Springfield, IL, Indianapolis, IN, Frankfort, KY, Baton Rouge, LA, Boston, MA, Saint Paul, MN, Jackson, MS, Jefferson City, MO, Concord, NH, Santa Fe, NM, Raleigh, NC, Carson City, NV, Albany, NY, Columbus, OH, Harrisburg, PA, Columbia, SC, Nashville, TN, Austin, TX, Richmond, VA, and Madison, WI.
“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. They will be joined in some states by the Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon, acting executive minister of the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries; and Sister Simone Campbell, leader of the “Nuns on the Bus” and executive director of the Catholic social justice lobby NETWORK in Washington, DC.
For Information about the September 12 “National Day of Action”: www.moralrevival.org
ICYMI: “Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II Speaks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention” https://youtu.be/DNcP82-trrA
ICYMI: C-SPAN, Morality in U.S. Politics
ICYMI: Boston Globe, After DNC speech, pastor leads hundreds in local social justice service
The Revival is a collaborative project supported and endorsed by Repairers of the Breach, the Drum Major Institute, Healing of the Nations Ministries, Auburn Seminary, Kairos Center and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference in coordination with local inviting groups.
Alabama Contact: Rev. Carolyn Foster