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Moral Monday Rally in Jefferson City

A rally and march at Missouri's State Capitol today calls for lawmakers to keep working-class people in mind. (
A rally and march at Missouri's State Capitol today calls for lawmakers to keep working-class people in mind. (
September 12, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today is Moral Day of Action at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, as well as other capitols across the country, with leaders of different faiths joining advocates and activists in a call for lawmakers and candidates to move away from what the activists see as "regressive, extremist" policies.

Workers fighting for $15 an hour and union rights will protest alongside faith and community leaders, calling on politicians across the state to support a moral policy agenda that includes living wages, union rights and racial justice.

Terrence Wise, a fast food worker from Kansas City, says lawmakers are not keeping the working class in mind.

"When you can bring those people together and demand a better wage, then we have a voice and we can win better for workers, but first we got to have the conversation, we got to get organized," he says.

The Moral Day of Action rally and march is happening at the Missouri State Capitol Rotunda. It gets under way at 11 a.m.

The architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement is the Rev. William Barber II, a North Carolina pastor.

Barber advocates for a "revolution of moral values" to resist what he maintains is a divide-and-conquer strategy by extremists.

Instead, he wants leaders to look at public policy through what he calls "the moral lens of justice for all."

"How do your policies treat the poor, those on the margins?” he questions. “How are they fair to immigrants? How do they treat the least of these – women, children, workers, the sick?"

Barber maintains extremist policies are, in his words, "morally indefensible and economically insane."

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MO