Jailed for Justice Tour to Arrive in Macon

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Updated: Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:08:52 EST

Moral Monday Georgia's Jailed for Justice Tour comes to Macon on Friday.

The Moral Monday Georgia Coalition, the NAACP-led multi-racial, multi-issue advocacy group, is bringing together local communities throughout the state during a 16-day tour highlighting the group’s work during the past legislative session.

The tour kicked off on July 28 in Atlanta and will conclude Aug. 12 in Marietta. The Macon event will be held Friday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Family Investment Center located 905 Main Street.

The Jailed for Justice Tour will bring the group’s message from the capitol to the rest of the state and register voters across the state.

Each stop will feature a different line-up of three to five Moral Monday Georgia members who will discuss their choice to go to jail in the pursuit of social justice.

The tour aims to bring together progressive elements in communities across the state to plant seeds for local actions and coalition building during the approaching 2014 election and upcoming legislative session.

Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson, NAACP president and Moral Monday arrestee, stated, “For far too long, we have let our elected officials ignore the moral implications of their actions and inactions in regards to the most vulnerable among us. It is time to move Georgia forward.”

The movement is modeled on the North Carolina NAACP's Forward Together Movement led by Rev. William Barber.

Moral Monday Georgia is broad based coalition of churches, mosques, labor unions, teacher’s organizations and progressive groups.

During the 2014 Georgia legislative session, the group protested issues from Medicaid expansion and Stand Your Ground laws to reproductive justice and workers’ rights. The number of people arrested varies from 72 to 81 and includes people arrested at a Board of Regents meeting.

“We are excited that the tour will make its way to Macon,” said Gwennette Westbrooks, President, NAACP Macon-Bibb County Branch.

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