March 11, 18 and 25
Michigan State Capitol Building
100 N Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933
11:30am – Capitol Steps
11:45am – Capitol Rotunda
Clergy and lay leaders, as well as grassroots organizations plan to launch “Truth and Justice Tuesdays”. A weekly rally at the state capitol, centered around public prayer and testimony, for a run of 8 weeks, in hopes of shifting the narrative on public policy in our state, gaining the attention of key swing state legislators, and shining a light on the governor’s policies.
We believe that the narrative arc in Michigan politics has been focused for too long on promoting policies that hurt Michigan families, cities and youth. We want the Governor and legislature to know that it is time to Reinvest in Michiganders and remind them that doing so is the moral choice. We will do so by holding public prayer in the state capitol, praying for our legislators, inviting them to pray with us, offering testimony from Michiganders impacted by the issues that people of faith care about, and pursuing an aggressive media strategy to ensure broad consumption.
WHAT ARE THE ISSUES?
We intend to keep our focus purposefully broad, in order to hold our legislators accountable for the morality of their decisions. At this time, we believe that two issues are more winnable, so we intend to draw some attention specifically to them. Those issues are the “School to Prison Pipeline” and “Operation Ceasefire” a statewide urban violence prevention initiative we are encouraging Governor Snyder to initiate. While these two issues are our current focus, we intend to keep the floor open for discussion of, and prayer for, other issues relevant to people of faith.
HISTORY OF THIS IDEA
Truth and Justice Tuesday’s were inspired by “Moral Mondays” in North Carolina, which started in November of 2013 with 17 clergy, and grew to a weekly rally of thousands of North Carolinians of all backgrounds, calling on decision-makers in North Carolina to restore voting rights, and cuts to social welfare programs among other things. We believe that we can replicate this model in Michigan with great success, allowing us to organically grow a grassroots leadership base and bring a powerful voice of faith back to the public sphere.
Sign up for Truth and Justice Tuesdays here!