Spanning the end of April and beginning of May in 2012, TEN held the Fire of Faith Week of Prayer Vigils for Racial and Economic Equity. In 20 cities across America, faith leaders called on legislators to ensure that faith values guide the drafting of federal and state budgets.
Over 2000 faith leaders, organizers, and supporters joined together in rallies for racial and economic justice.
In Pittsburgh, PA, faith leaders called on Governor Tom Corbett to stop funding cuts for buses and trolleys.
- In Springfield, IL, dozens of faith leaders held a prayer vigil outside of Governor Pat Quinn's office to demand jobs.
- In Olathe, KS, MORE2 leaders gathered in prayer, reading a stirring dialogue about our sacred responsibility to this nation.
- In Kansas City, MO, Rev. Ron Brooks read prayers from the TEN website and called on members to organize meetings with legislators.
- In Green Bay, WI, JOSHUA held a public action at Green Bay Metro with riders advocating for lost services.
- In St. Louis, MO, MCU gathered with labor organizers to call on the city to apply TEN's Missouri Model of equitable hiring to a major upcoming public works project.
- In Niagara, NY, NOAH held a prayer vigil outside city hall which was attended by the mayor himself.
In Oakland, CA, 40 people gathered to call attention to the Regional Transportation Plan that failed to restore severe cuts to transit.
We at TEN are committed to promoting a budget that reflects our shared values of Love Thy Neighbor and The Common Good. The House of Representatives recently passed a "reconciliation budget" that increases military spending by 20% while cutting transportation funding by 25%.
These cuts are an affront to our shared values. Join us in taking our values into action!