Yet, we are encouraged. On Saturday in Columbus, we had the privilege of standing with mothers, fathers, educators, ministers, retired individuals, young people, gay and straight Georgia during the Statewide Planning for Moral Monday Georgia. One thing was clear - we all want Progress!
Where do we go from here?
Our analysis confirms there was no extreme right-wing mandate from the Midterm elections despite the poplar option of the media. Instead, despite the failure of candidates to connect; voters endorsed bold progressive ballot initiatives and referendums on criminal justice reform and livable wages won big in those same states.
Let's launch Moral Monday Georgia 2.0!
Join Moral Monday Georgia at the State Capitol for the opening legislative session on January 12, 2015. Moral Monday Georgia's platform and legislative agenda is bold and lifts our values and not our fears. From the very start of this movement, our eyes have been fixed on the long view. Last year we made news; this year we want to make change. Change doesn't come overnight; and one press cycle; one legislative session; or even in one election. If we are going to transform the political landscape in Georgia; we must continue work on a bold, persistent, consistent, disciplined values based agenda of change.
The coming legislative session is likely to be brutal. Our most vulnerable communities will surely face new attacks.
What can you do?
Organize aMoral Monday Team in your community. We have ideals to help connect the dots in your area. Donate to the growing Moral Monday GeorgiaMovement. Every contribution helps! Join us in Atlanta on January 12, 2015, as welift our agenda, collective voices and present our demands to the GeneralAssembly.
We must move forward together and not one step back.
American Friends Service Committee is a proud co-convener of the Moral Monday Georgia Movement