Goldsboro, NC — In response to the increased targeting of immigrants and the crisis at the southern border, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of Repairers of the Breach, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, architect of the Forward Together Moral Monday Movement, and 2018 MacArthur Genius Award recipient, along with other leading religious and moral leaders today announced Moral Monday at the Borderlands on Sunday, July 28 and Monday, July 29. The series of events will include nonviolent protest on Monday, July 29. The purpose of the action is to inspire public will to immediately resolve the crisis at the U.S./Mexico border. Clergy, faith leaders, and members of Congress have been invited to participate and thus far, more than 250 people have confirmed participation.
“We are going to Texas to demand an end to child detention,” said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign. “We are demanding all refugees seeking asylum be granted the due process to do so. We are demanding equal protection under the law, and the preservation of human rights. We demand the termination of the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program, which puts migrants at risk for kidnapping, theft, extortion, and abuse. We demand an end to family separation.”
The Moral Monday events include:
- Mass meeting of clergy, faith leaders, and directly impacted families and advocates at the First Christian Church, 901 Arizona Avenue in El Paso at 7:00 p.m. MST, on Sunday, July 28.
- Featured speakers include: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Imam Omar Suleiman (Yaqeen Institute, Faith Forward Dallas), Rev. Terri Hord Owens (Christian Church/Disciples of Christ), Rabbi Rick Jacobs (Union for Reform Judaism), and Rev. Dr. Robin Tanner (Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Summit, NJ)
- Nonviolent protest in El Paso on Monday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. MST.
Rev. Barber is co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, president of Repairers of the Breach, architect of the Forward Together Moral Monday Movement, a 2018 MacArthur Genius Fellow and a visiting distinguished professor of public theology and public policy at Union Theological Seminary. Beginning in the spring of 2013, he launched a series of impactful weekly protests at the North Carolina General Assembly, called Moral Mondays. Tens of thousands of people turned out for the weekly actions at the state capital and hundreds were arrested as they protested unjust policies in the state.
SOURCE: Spotlight PR – Jennifer R. Farmer