After a year off, the 2023 Moral Fusion Leadership Awards returned last week—and it was a huge success! Thanks so much to everyone that was involved in the event—whether that was through sponsorships, buying tickets, attending, or planning. A wonderful night was had by all recognizing our 2023 honorees and celebrating the movement work the Labor-Religion Coalition has done over the past year! For an in-depth recap of the night, plus photos and the event program, keep reading!
This year, the Moral Fusion Leadership Awards were held at First Lutheran Church in Albany, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the use of their beautiful space. The night began with a short cocktail reception, which was a wonderful time to mingle with our honorees and supporters, many of whom we hadn’t seen in person since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. After the reception, dinner was served by Distinctive Catering (and they did a wonderful job, thank you so much for providing such a delicious meal!).
The main portion of the night followed dinner, beginning with a brief welcome from Board Member Amaury Tanon-Santos, and remarks on our work over the last year from Executive Director West McNeill. Then, we moved on to celebrating our exceptional 2023 honorees:
The Fair Pay for Home Care Campaign has been an amazing example of bringing people and organizations together across lines of division, centering the stories and insights of those directly impacted by the home care crisis, and lifting up a powerful moral message about how our society cares for one another.
St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church, which has powerfully engaged its members and partner congregations in the study, action, and public witness through the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival and other justice ministries.
Rabbi Matt Cutler has been a leader in interfaith and justice work in the Capital Region for over 25 years, including as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady, board member of United Way of the Greater Capital Region, and co-founder of Schenectady Clergy Against Hate.
Starbucks Workers United, which now includes more than three dozen (and growing!) unionized Starbucks shops in New York and is inspiring new energy and solidarity with workers across our state and country.
We couldn’t be more proud to honor these amazing leaders, all of whom are doing work in New York State to build the movement for economic, racial, and social justice.
Overall, the night was a huge success! Other highlights from the night include a moving song from Board Member Charon Hibrar, fantastic music throughout the night from Kilashandra (led by 2021 MFLA honoree Mark Emanation), and powerful energy from all!
To learn more about our 2023 honorees, check out the 2023 MFLA Program below.