The Save OurSelves Movement for Justice and Democracy is joining with other groups in five Southern states to hold seven consecutive days of action to expose and challenge destructive laws that attack civil and human rights. These extreme laws, passed in Republican-controlled states, reinforce historic inequality, weaken constitutional rights and expose people to continued injustices.
SOS is a coalition of more than 40 organizations statewide, including the Alabama NAACP, who have come together to combat regressive policies that are hurting vast segments of Alabama’s population.
Other states involved in this week of Moral Action are Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina, where the Moral Monday Movement and this campaign originated under Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP.
SOS encourages all justice-loving people to join us August 22 (Friday) to August 28 (Thursday) on this “Jericho March Around the Alabama State Capitol” in Montgomery on all 7 days if you can.
Each day will feature a different area that is under attack in our states. We feel the fierce urgency of NOW against regressive public policies that are hurting the people of our state in these areas. When our elected officials ignore our pleas for justice, fairness and mercy, we have no choice but to engage in direct action, which is what the Moral Week of Action is about.
The final Jericho March on August 28th marks the 51st Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom we will have our final march around the Capitol. Of all the days, we encourage people to come on the last day. It is our massive rally for Voting Rights and voter mobilization, where we encourage people to “Vote Your Dreams, Not Your Fears.” Of all the rights, voting is our most potent weapon. And that is why it is also under the greatest attack ever since the disastrous Supreme Court decision last year that gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Ironically, the case that led to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision started in our state, Shelby County, which is south of Birmingham. We know what happened in Birmingham in 1963 led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And the Voting Rights Act came as a result of the Movement in Selma in 1965.
So it’s vital that the citizens of Alabama who believe in justice and democracy support this effort, to let the world know that WE ARE NOT TAKING ONE STEP BACKWARDS WHEN IT COMES TO CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS. RATHER, WE ARE MOVING FORWARD, AND WE ARE MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER.
THIS IS NOT A BLACK MOVEMENT, IT’S NOT A WHITE MOVEMENT. IT’S A MOVEMENT FOR ALL PEOPLE — BLACK, WHITE, BROWN, YELLOW, RED, BLUE OR PURPLE — IT DOES NOT MATTER!!!
Anyone who believes that what’s happening in our state is wrong, and is taking us backwards, will want to be part of this event.
FORWARD TOGETHER, NOT ONE STEP BACK!
The purpose of this Moral Week of Action campaign:
To fundamentally shift the national narrative of political possibilities; to have an agenda of hope and build the progressive, multi-racial, moral movement on a state-by-state basis. The labels of conservative and liberal are too small to describe who we are. We are real conservatives. We want to conserve the commitments of our constitutions: justice, fighting for the good of the whole, equal protection under the law. We are real liberals. We want to make sure justice is liberally offered to all our people. The issues we stand for are not Left or Right but are addressed from a moral center. We are calling for people to organize in a new way of thinking, to rearrange what is believed, to build coalitions across ethnic, social and economic lines; building on the most sacred values of our faith traditions, personal moral frameworks and rights enshrined in our constitutions.
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