On August 28, 1963, a watershed event of American political protest, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (also known as “The Great March on Washington”) converged on the nation’s capital. Its purpose
was to highlight and demand an end to the inequalities faced by African-Americans. For many, it is simply known as the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, but the march also
contributed to the passing of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act.
Much has improved in those fifty years, but much is still left to be done.
On Saturday, August 24, people of conscience will once again be marching in Washington DC. We will be there, yes, to celebrate that monumental day half a century ago. But we will be there also to bare witness to the inequalities that remain and the increased efforts to take our nation backwards.
The Supreme Court has ruled that parts of the Voting Rights Act are no longer needed, while several states have passed voter suppression laws. African-Americans are punished more severely than whites for similar crimes. The minimum wage is no longer a living wage, keeping pace with neither inflation nor productivity (Senator Elizabeth Warren estimates the minimum wage should be $22 an hour).
The Green Party of Delaware opposes these realities, and continues to work towards social and financial justice for all.
Several contingents will be leaving from Delaware. Among them are buses sponsored by the NAACP- Wilmington.
Meet at- People’s Settlement Association parking lot, 408 E. 8th Street, Wilmington, DE
Departure time- 5:00 a.m.
Departure time from Washington DC- 5:00 p.m.
Cost- $20; includes round trip bus, ticket to and from Lincoln Memorial, and a box lunch
Payment should be sent Wilmington NAACP, PO Box 998, Wilmington, DE 19899 by August 16, 2013
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (302) 409-1047