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Join America’s Journey for Justice!
August 1, 2015 @ 8:00 am - September 16, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Beginning August 1st 2015 the NAACP in conjunction with many other communities are marching from Selma Alabama to Washington D.C as a united front to advocate for social issues in America . The march will function as an adhesive for our nation to come together and bring attention to the injustices in the United States and protect the integrity of our democratic system. There will be six rallies along the way. The intent is to create a call to action and get Washington to adopt an advocacy agenda that is for the people in regards to jobs, criminal justice system, voting and schools.
This is 50th the anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery and today we continue to see injustices revolving around us each day. Our intent is to prompt a national conversation about our lives votes, schools and jobs. We need a reform to strengthen and promote democracy build on the promise of equality for every citizen regardless of religion, sexual orientation, heritage and color.
The march will commence on August 1st in Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Selma to Montgomery march. Alabama is also the origin of the Shelby v. Holder case. The march will end on September 16th in Washington D.C.
Shelby v. Holder eliminated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. That portion of the Act was designed to prevent discrimination in voting by requiring all state and local governments with a history of voting discrimination to get approval from the federal government before making any changes to their voting laws or procedures, no matter how small. elimination of Section 4 is a setback for American democracy empowering states to discriminate in regards to voting.
The march will go through Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina and Virginia due to their history with voting discrimination. These states have jurisdiction which deny voting rights. The right to vote is directly connected to other freedoms such as: education, criminal justice reform, and economic freedom.
We plan to march 18-20 miles a day in 5 legs and have events in each state listed:
1st: Alabama leg – 135 miles (Economic Inequality & Labor Rights Rally Aug 3rd in Montgomery)
2nd Georgia Leg – 204 miles (Education Reform Rally Aug 14th in Atlanta)
3rd South Carolina Leg – 110 miles (Criminal Justice Rally Aug 20th in Greensville)**
4th: North Carolina Leg – 168 miles (Voting rights Rally Aug 28th in Charlotte)
5th: Virginia Leg – 249 miles (Youth Rally Sept 10th in Richmond)
Washington D.C.: (Advocacy Day Sept. 16th)
You can follow the journey online at http://action.naacp.org/page/s/america-s-journey-for-justice or text a key word JUSTICESUMMER to 62227. There will be television, newspaper, blog, and radio coverage of the journey as well.
To get involved Please contact the Eugene Springfield branch of the NAACP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 541-484-1119