We are marching. On August 28th, 2020, on the Mall in Washington D.C., we are recommitting to the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. left unaddressed. This is a Commitment March, not a commemoration march, and we are marching for policing and criminal justice reform.
Today is a chance for people around the nation to gather together to confront racial injustices in our police precincts and courthouses. We’ve been here before, but this time we know that it is necessary to redefine public safety in order to save black lives. Whether they are rallying on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial or from the safety of their homes and community streets, people are meeting this moment with demands and hope for change.
Today is a day that all across the nation, in the midst of stacked pandemics – COVID-19 and racism – we address the national government and demand improved policing practices so that we stop the unwarranted killing and incarcerations of black people.
Speakers will include the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, and others led by Attorney Benjamin Crump, who will address the senseless loss of Black lives at the hands of police and advocate for issues including police accountability, criminal justice reform, voter protection and more.
Additional speakers include Reverend Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, Congressman Al Green, Joy Reid, Yolanda Renee King, Rep. Joyce Beatty, and Randi Weingarten
We are in a historic moment in the country, where the confluence of two pandemics COVID-19 and police brutality have uncovered the gross inequities that continue to persist in our society due to structural racism.
It is time to redefine public safety to uproot systemic racism, inequity, and white supremacy. As such we must vigorously engage in the democratic process through the ballot box and census as a mechanism to achieving transformation.
To meet this moment, we propose encouraging voter engagement and census participation as levers in support of the following agenda.