COLUMBUS – This week, Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) joined workers and faith leaders from across Ohio and the nation for a Moral Day of Action. The event stemmed from a call to action by Reverend William J. Barber II. It included speeches and a silent march to the Statehouse to demand that legislators address issues such as systemic injustice, racism, poverty, and voting rights.
“As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’ Poverty, racism, basic civil and human rights – those topics can’t wait. They must be our priorities," said Senator Thomas. "This peaceful gathering can be a catalyst for discussion about some of the most critical issues facing our most vulnerable populations today.”
The event began at First Congregational Church UCC, and attendees then marched silently to the Ohio Statehouse. Marchers represented a wide variety of social justice and faith organizations, including SEIU, Crazy Faith Ministries, Faith in Public Life, Nuns on the Bus, Ohio AFL-CIO, Common Cause, Democratic Voices of Ohio, ProgressOhio, and Ohio Unity Coalition.
Event attendees chronicled the event on social media using the hashtag #MoralDayOfAction.