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Women’s Moral March on Washington: Continuing a Season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action

July 12 – August 8, 2021


On the anniversary of the Women’s Convention at Seneca Falls, we invite you to join us on Monday, July 19, for a Women’s Moral Monday March on Washington. Together, we will call out the immoral obstructionism of Congress and demand the US Senate: 1) End the filibuster; 2) Pass all provisions of the For the People Act; 3) Fully restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act; 4) Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hr.

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During the Seneca Falls Convention on July 19, 1848, participants discussed the social, civil and religious condition of women, their right to participate in democracy and the substantive rights that true democracy grants. They also issued a Declaration of Sentiments, signed by 100 participants, to reclaim these rights. 

173 years later, we are witnessing an historic crisis of democracy that threatens our ability to realize the great promise of this country. Over 140 million people are poor or one emergency away from economic ruin, including more than 70 million women of all races, gender and sexual orientations and faith traditions. Voting rights are under attack in every region of the country. Poor women, especially poor women of color and LGBTQ+ women, are disproportionately bearing the brunt of low-wage and precarious work, heightened care responsibilities, the climate crisis, forever wars and the continued denial of our basic rights. 

Despite these unmet needs, our elected officials continue to suppress our votes and use procedural tactics like the filibuster to sidestep their Constitutional responsibilities to establish justice and provide for the general welfare. 

In response to these conditions, we are organizing the July 19, 2021, Women’s Moral March on Washington on the anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention. At least 100 women will engage in nonviolent moral civil disobedience to protest the filibuster and demand our voting rights and living wages. Drawing on the spirit of the Declaration of Sentiments from 1848, we will also release a statement from the women taking action together. This action will be a part of a season of Moral Mondays demanding immediate action from Congress before their recess in August.

The Women’s Moral Monday March on Washington is a part of the the Season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action launched by the the Poor People’s Campaign’s dozens of partners, our 40+ state coordinating committees, and thousands of faith leaders for actions July 12 – August 8. We demand that the US Senate do the following by Aug. 6, 2021, the anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act : 

1. End the filibuster
2. Pass all provisions of the For the People Act
3. Fully restore the 1965 Voting Rights Act
4. Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hr

Sign the Open Letter to the US Senator and White House above and demand they take these steps immediately to save our democracy from massive attacks on voting rights & economic justice across the country. 

Use our digital call tool to contact your senator, or use this call-in number: 202-410-1817

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Calendar of Moral Mondays for Season of Action 

July 12 – Launch from DC & Mass Moral Monday Call-In Day
A massive national call-in to every US Senator combined with a live press conference from Washington DC to launch the season of action.

July 19 – A Women’s Moral Monday March on Washington
On the anniversary of the Women’s Convention at Seneca Falls, nonviolent moral direct action in DC led by women from all over the country. 

July 26 – Moral Monday Actions in States Across the Nation
Targeting all Senators regardless of party, people in at least 45 states will engage in nonviolent moral direct action. 

August 2 – Moral Monday Action in DC – Faith Leaders + Poor & Low-Wage Workers
Nonviolent moral direct action focused on the US Senate and led by a mass number of clergy and religious leaders with poor and low-wage workers.

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A Season of Prayer and Protest to Save Our Democracy

During this season, we’ll be also hosting A Season of Prayer and Protest to Save Our Democracy each Monday for a 30-minute prayer service. These will take place 10:00-10:30am ET each Monday, beginning on Monday July 12, 2021.

Topics for Weekly Moral Monday Mandate Prayer

July 12 –
Systemic Poverty 
July 19 –
Systemic Racism 
July 26 –
Ecological Devastation/ War-based economy
August 2 –
The False Moral Narrative of Religious Nationalism.

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