INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): A coalition of labor, civil rights and liberal groups is laying groundwork for a planned legislative push next session. “Moral Mondays” began as an NAACP led protest movement in North Carolina last year, and is now seeking beachheads in 12 states.
Erin Polley with the American Friends Service Committee says the Indiana chapter will seek to register new voters this year, and plans to be a regular statehouse presence in 2015, lobbying for a minimum-wage increase and other issues to be determined before the legislature convenes in January.
She describes the group as “pro-labor and anti-poverty,” with general goals of defending the environment, legalizing same-sex marriage, and ensuring everyone can receive health care and a quality education.
Movement founder and North Carolina NAACP president William Barber will lead a closed-door workshop on organizing, followed by a march to the statehouse for a Saturday rally. The Indiana chapter tilts heavily toward organized labor, with 21 union-affiliated groups among its more than 50 members.
Other participants include churches, civil rights groups, the Southwest Indiana Green Party, and Organizing for America, the political spinoff of President Obama‘s campaign committee.