The Moral Monday movement has mobilized activists across the South. Watching thousands converge, some of us have been asking what we can do to create some of this energy in New York City?
To this end, faith based leaders have joined labor activists to create a Moral Mondays movement here. Many argue that our the current state budget, which creates breaks for the rich and cuts on services for the poor, this is immoral. Our target is Governor Cuomo. While we are not calling Cuomo "Governor 1%" as we did three years ago with Occupy, when the movement changed the policy conversation from one about austerity into a story about inequality, many still feel that way.
|Members of the CUNY professional staff congress taking a bust at Cuomo's office in 2011.|
Those at Judson Memorial have taken a large part in this movement. Donna Schaper, of Judson, recently penned an editorial about Moral Mondays. Her point of course is that budgets are moral documents.
"Morality is often confused as a finger wagging self-righteousness,” write Schaper. “Morality instead is a dream, a hope, a deep sense of how things are supposed to be. Both the many and the few are to eat. God's time comes when there is income equality and nobody's child goes to sleep bored while another's child goes to sleep hungry."
Earlier in the month, Schaper helped lead a prayer service at the state legislature. “We don’t want just morality on Mondays in New York. We want morality,” explained Schaper. “This budget proposal misses that mark.”
The argument was the same for our New York City action.
The scenario for the action was simple. A pre action invitation declared.