“The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values” is a national, multi-state tour to redefine morality in American politics. The tour includes over 50 events led by national and local faith leaders in over 20 states. The Revival is pushing forth a broad social justice agenda that centers on five key issues areas: the economic liberation of all people; access to quality education for every child; healthcare access for all; criminal justice reform; and ensuring historically marginalized communities have equal protection under the law. Our goal is to support state-based fusion movements to combat extremism in state and national politics, and to be a catalyst for a resurgence of political activism in order to end poverty, racial inequalities, and the most pressing issues in our country.
The first part of tour includes over 20 stops from April 2016 to January 2017 in the following locations: Birmingham, AL, Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, Indianapolis, IN, Louisville, KY, Boston, MA, Minneapolis, MN, Jackson, MS, Ferguson, MO, Kansas City, MO, Albuquerque, NM, Raleigh, NC, New York, NY, Cleveland, OH, Philadelphia, PA, Charleston, SC, Memphis, TN, Houston, TX, Richmond, VA, and Milwaukee, WI. New states that express interest in hosting “The Revival” are added throughout the tour.
Each state has a three-part series of activities. Repairers of the Breach volunteers have been invited to host Moral Political Organizing Leadership Institute and Summit (MPOLIS) trainings for faith and moral leaders to build and share tools for movement organizing, social policy analysis, and to help define state-based moral agendas. Faith leaders then preach and teach in their churches, synagogues, and mosques, with a focus on the tour’s five key issues areas (listed above). The activities culminate in revival services that feature the testimonies of people in each state who have been hurt and impacted by extremism in state and national politics. Following each event, attendees can sign on to the “Higher Ground Moral Declaration,” which calls on elected officials and candidates for office to advance a moral public policy agenda that responds to the urgent needs of vulnerable communities.
The Revival is a collaborative project supported and endorsed by Repairers of the Breach, the Drum Major Institute, Healing of the Nations Ministries, Auburn Seminary, Kairos Center, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Fight for $15, and the Middle Project, in coordination with local inviting groups.