WATCH "THE REVIVAL: TIME FOR A MORAL REVOLUTION OF VALUES" TRAILER
“The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values” is a national tour to redefine morality in American politics and challenge leaders of faith and moral courage to be more vocally opposed to harmful policies that disproportionately impact the poor, people who are ill, children, immigrants, communities of color, and religious minorities. The first part of the national revival tour has over 19 stops from April 2016 to January 2017 including New York, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Missouri, Washington DC, Tennessee, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Kentucky, and Virginia.
In each state, we will lead revival services and hear testimony from people who have been impacted and hurt by regressive policies. Prior to the revivals, the leadership team will train hundreds of faith and moral leaders in each state to strengthen local and state activism from the bottom up. Lastly, local faith leaders, citizens, and persons impacted and hurt by regressive policies are invited to participate in direct actions in their state capitals during three Mondays in September, and sign on to the “Higher Ground Moral Declaration” calling on our political system to rise above hatred, fear, and left and right politics, in order to reach our highest values of love and justice.
Even though our city and state political leaders are opposed to the pipeline, they have no power against the FERC or Spectra. A federal judge granted eminent domain rights to our streets to Spectra, an S & P 500 company.
We learned about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that granted permission for the pipeline to be built in West Roxbury. The Commission receives all of its funding from the fossil fuel industry. The five commissioners have worked in the fossil fuel industry as well. There is no consumer or community voice on the Commission.
It is not inherently immoral that affluent people are moving into our neighborhoods. It is immoral that corporate landlords and investors are rooting families out of their cultural Meccas and inducing emotional struggles that affect their bodies and the quality of life they can provide their children. It is immoral that they think they can move us around for a few bucks and force us to part with our neighbors without concern for our futures. It is unjust that we do not have freedom over our movements, the right to decide where we can call home or the right to a home at all.
My name is Deanna Butler. I have been working at Shake Shack for 15 years and I make 11 dollars an hour as a lead cashier. I am married with three children. I receive food stamps and have access to health care, but 350 dollars for five people is not possible to survive on.