#March2Justice: Historic Nine-Day March to Capitol Kicks Off
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The past week’s news of African American men, Walter Scott and Eric Harris, killed by White police officers reminds us that we cannot stop waging war against such institutionalized racism and injustice. There is one activist group making sure this fight continues. Today, the Justice League NYC kicked off its nine-day “March 2 Justice,” where participants set out on a historic sojourn marching over 250 miles from New York to Washington D.C..
The Justice League has been instrumental in organizing movements for Eric Garner and other police brutality victims last year and has iconic activist Harry Belafonte mentoring them along the way. The 9-day march was developed under Belafonte’s The Gathering of Justice organization.
The group, of approximately 100, is also joined by New York City Council member, Jumaane D. Williams whose face has been at the forefront of many marches and rallies across New York. Williams spoke this morning as the marched kicked off on Staten Island, the home of Eric Garner. “I hear the next generation saying don’t forget about us!” shouted Williams.
The Justice League is not just marching with no demands in place. The organization has prepared a three-piece “Justice Package” demanding new federal legislation: the End Racial Profiling Act, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), and the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act. The package will be delivered on the final day of marching and protest as the league and fellow activists end their journey on the U.S. Capitol joined by civil rights leaders and legislators.
The Justice League’s Tamika D. Mallory told NewsOne:
Police officers kill unarmed people of color and rarely are any indicted or convicted, which sends a message to young people that they can be killed without any consequence, and we say not on our watch,” she said. “This march is to raise awareness on these very important issues and send a strong message to young people of color that they matter and that their lives are valuable. We will also connect with groups in the Northeast Region who are ready to move with a collective voice. This work will certainly continue well after the march.
Walter Scott and Eric Harris are just two new names added to a long list of African Americans murdered by white police officers. In March alone, over 100 people died during encounters with police. The league’s work mirrors much of Black America’s demands for a better, more just society. Essentially, to stop having to attach our sons and daughters names to hashtags and headstones. While not all agree that marching is the best tool to change, the Justice League has demonstrated its effectiveness in planning that spans beyond the streets.
Below, you will see impassioned members speaking on just why they march.
This afternoon the group touched down in New Jersey where they were greeted by families who left their homes to bring food and snacks.
The Justice League has also received support via social media from celebrities often vocal on such events.
If you are interested in participating, check out what cities the league will touch down in and more below:
April 13: NYC Rally and Step Off — Staten Island, Richmond Valley Metro Station/ Newark Rally (7pm) at the Willing Heart Community Care Center
April 14: Community rally in Trenton
April 15: Community rally in Philadelphia
April 16: Lincoln University Student Talk
April 17: Marchers travel from Lincoln University to Laurel, MD/ No Rally
April 18: Baltimore rally
April 19: Marchers travel from Baltimore to Laurel, MD/No rally
April 20: DC Arrival/Marchers travel from Laurel to Union Temple Baptist Church
April 21: DC March & Rally — Marchers gather for rally and step off at noon for a long walk with Civil Rights leaders, elders, legislators, and more special guests for a March through DC streets, ending on the West Lawn of Capitol Hill/5:00pm Rally & Concert on West Lawn
Follow the Justice League NYC to stay in the know as the group travels across the country and join the conversation with #March2Justice.
MommyNoire, will you join in? What demands should be made?