Election Day is November 5, and New Yorkers will pick new officeholders from the mayor on down. Too often, though, we forget that it’s our right and responsibility to make our voices heard not just on Election Day but every day of the year. Politics begins with recognizing what we and our communities need, not just what politicians happen to offer us. That’s why Moral Mondays will continue on the day before Election Day to raise up the voices of ordinary New Yorkers, naming the crises and longings that come from the ground up.
This time, we’ll meet at noon just east of City Hall, near the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge, and invite passers-by to share their hopes and grievances for the new administration. We’re troubled by the corruption that continues to make New York’s political system a system rigged by those making huge profits off of those merely trying to scrape by. We the people of the city have already spoken in the primaries — we are ready for a more just and equitable future. But we know that we won’t win it without standing strong together for righteousness.
November 4, 2013, 12 p.m.
Between City Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge
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In commemoration of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Moral Mondays NYC calls for a vigil of prayer and song — of remembrance and resistance. It will take place on the large sidewalk between City Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge.
One year ago, a terrible storm hit our city. One year ago, the most vulnerable were left by those in power to suffer the worst effects. One year ago, the people of the city poured out their work and resources for one another, strong and self-organized.
Today, we are still displaced. Today, we still live with dangerous mold in our homes. Today, powerful developers are taking advantage of the crisis to advance their interests at the expense of the most vulnerable among us.
We are still living out what happened one year ago today.
October 28, 2013, 6 p.m.
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Dear Friends, Comrades and Colleagues,
This past Monday, Moral Mondays began here in New York City as a joyful, prayerful, song filled evening on the steps of Federal Hall, opposite the New York Stock Exchange.
If you know right from wrong, you are part of this witness.
Please join us this Monday for our next vigil & Tuesday for our Coalition meeting to decide on a provisional decision-making structure and the shape of the next few weeks.
Moral Mondays Vigil
Monday, October 21st, 6pm
The steps of Federal Hall, 26 Wall Street
Moral Monday Coalition Meeting
October 22nd, 1pm-4pm
239 Thompson Street
Notes from last meeting
And a parting song from last Monday.
Love and Solidarity,
Rev. Rosemary McNatt, Fourth Universalist Society
Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, Judson Memorial Church
Ravi Ahmad, Occupy Wall Street
Storify of first test run
Photos of first test run: here, here
Eric Garcia, “Moral Mondays Inspire NYC Action,” The Daily Tar Heel (October 15, 2013)
Lucy Butcher, “Moral Mondays Inspire New York City Protest,” The Carolina Mercury (October 14, 2013)