The trimming back of the Voting Rights Act protections. Constant threats to race-based Affirmative Action. Florida’s Stand Your Ground legislation rooted in fear. New York’s Stop and Frisk reveals itself as law sanctioned racial profiling. Household names Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander — We have the momentum necessary to strengthen the movement for racial justice.
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights. It is the responsibility of our generation to ensure that conversations about race continue to discuss it’s relevance as more than the biases of bigoted individuals, but as institutionalized forms of oppression inscribed in our histories, policies, economic opportunities and social hierarchies. By placing all of our individual identities aside, we can form together as one movement for a new, invigorated racial justice movement.
Here are some ways to get involved
Saturday, August 24th:
- 50th Anniversary March on Washington Weekend: Meet at the Lincoln Memorial at 8AM to march to the King Memorial and the Washington Monument. The speaking portion of the program begins at 9AM.
- Virtual March on Washington: The Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, the Trayvon Martin Foundation, NAACP, New York Urban League, One Million People United for Change and the Roosevelt Institute are hosting a Virtual March on Washington. For those of us who cannot make it to DC tomorrow, there will be live streaming available of speeches, performances and guest panels.
Sunday, August 25th:
- The Million Hoodies Movement is asking that people send in photos of themselves wearing hoodies with the #HoodiesUp hashtag at 7:16:56 PM EDT – the exact time of Trayvon’s death.
Wednesday, August 28th:
- 50th Anniversary March on Washington for “Jobs and Justice”: On the true anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington, President Obama will give a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The march begins at 8:15AM at 600 New Jersey Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.
- 1. Sign the petition to Eliminate Racial Profiling By Law Enforcement
- 2. Sign the petition to Free Marissa Alexander
- 3. Sign the petition to Protect Voting Rights
- 4. Sign the petition to Open a Civil Rights Case Against George Zimmerman
- 5. Remember racial justice is a feminist issue!
-Chanelle Adams, Blog Editor