PHOTOS: Hundreds gathered in Columbus for a Silent March on Moral Monday in Ohio
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith, at podium, was the inspiration behind the Silent March.
On Moral Monday, part of a National Day of Action on September 12, 2016, hundreds of Ohioans gathered in the heart of Downtown Columbus, to urge state leaders to fight for policies that uplift marginalized people and address social ills in our communities.
Democracy and voting rights, poverty and economic justice, workers’ rights, education, healthcare, environmental justice, immigrants’ rights and xenophobia, LGBTQ rights, war-mongering and the military — these are MORAL ISSUES that Ohio officials and candidates for office must address.
2 p.m. : Time to get outside and start the Silent March!
Pictured outside of First Congregational Church on East Broad St., the meeting point for the start of the Silent March
“Let my people VOTE!”
Lining up outside 444 East Broad Street. Ready to take to the streets in power, in silence.
Despite our silence as we marched, the support from cars and passersby could be heard across downtown.
Three of our phenomenal Silent March on Moral Monday faith leaders. From left: Bishop Eugene Ward Jr. of Greater Love Missionary Full Gospel Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith of Crazy Faith Ministries and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, and Pastor Kyle Earley of Mount Calvary Baptist Church
2:15pm, 9/12/16, E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio – Moral Monday Silent Marchers
The crowd of 400+ gathered on the steps of the Statehouse at the culmination of the Silent March portion of Ohio’s Moral Monday Day of Action.
Occupying (with permit) all the steps leading up to the north side of the Ohio Statehouse.
Rev. Tim Ahrens of First Congregational Church delivers opening Moral Monday litany
Amidst cheers to break the silence, Rev. Tim Ahrens sharply proclaimed in the opening litany:
“Doom to you who legislate evil!”
The fight for $15/hour living wages, represented by the Service Employees International Union, had a strong presence.
Ecclesiastes 7:12 For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.
Rev. Jason Ridley asked of state legislators an acknowledgement of whether or not they, too, understand that education is a moral issue.
It’s time for a moral revival in Ohio.
Clergy and impacted persons spoke in tandem to each issue the Higher Ground Moral Declaration aimed to have policymakers address:
Democracy & Voting Rights
Poverty & Economic Justice
Warmongering & the Military
Rabbi Misha Zinkow of Congregation Temple Israel spoke as a faith leader on the issue of voting rights.
Rubén Castilla Herrera speaking about immigrants’ rights and xenophobia.
“We are not for the Left. We are not for the Right. We are for the bottom, and we are coming for the top!” – Rubén Castilla Herrera
Aramis Sundiata of the People’s Justice Project
Near the end of the hour+ long rally, community organizer Aramis Sundiata united the crowd in cheers of:
“All power to the people!”
Strength, power, love.
Frank Parmir of Muslims for Progressive Values
Overall, there was an incredible turnout at the Ohio Statehouse on the Moral Monday National Day of Action. These ARE moral issues! Our state leaders and Governor Kasich owe it to the people of Ohio to listen, and heed the wisdom of these words.
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