On Monday, September 12, over 60 ONE Northsiders joined with hundreds of other Chicagoans in a Moral Monday National Day of Action. Rev. Barber, the man who started the Moral Mondays movement in 2013 in North Carolina, called on allies throughout the U.S. to come together in action. 25 states heeded the call! In Illinois, the Fight for $15 and community groups including ONE Northside took charge of the planning.
In Illinois, we were demanding that Governor Rauner stand with the people of Illinois and put our communities and families over his corporate interests! Our 3 demands were:
- Raise the IL minimum wage to $15/hr
- Protect voting rights and get the general assembly to overturn Gov. Rauner’s veto of SB250 which called for automatic voter registration
- Pass a fair and fully funded budget by bringing in progressive forms of revenue like closing corporate tax loopholes!
The day of action started with a rally at the Chicago Temple featuring speakers to testify to the importance of each of our demands. The rally brought us all together and got us on the same page about why we were out to fight that day! Following the rally, we marched to the Thompson Center where the Governor has his Chicago offices.
Once at the Thompson Center, all of us joined for a “die-in” on the plaza outside the Thompson Center to show our elected officials the real effects of their actions. The budget impasse is killing us! Poverty wages are killing us! Diminished voting rights kills us!
Simultaneously a covert team of leaders entered the Thompson Center carrying balloons with our demands written on them. These balloons were released up to the 16th floor offices of the Governor.