WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED MARCH ON WASHINGTON, JAN 14, 2017—
For Immediate Release
CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS PREPARE FOR “WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED” MARCH ON WASHINGTON – JAN. 14, 2017
Six-days before the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, a coalition of rights groups and thousands of their members, led by the National Action Network (NAN), will march to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. to remind President-elect Trump and Congress that the fight for civil rights will not rest
On January 14, 2016 the National Action Network, led by Rev. Al Sharpton, and rights groups will convene on Washington, D.C. to march in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., demand accountability from President-elect Donald Trump and Congress, and remind U.S. elected leaders that the fight for equality and justice will not cease.
Now more than ever Americans’ civil rights are at-risk. Donald Trump’s campaign promises to institute a nationwide stop-and-frisk, roll out more tax cuts for the wealthy, and gut the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have dire consequences for minorities across the United States.
Thousands of Americans from every state, race, religion, and ethnicity will march from the National Sylvan Theater, through West Potomac Park via Independence Ave., SW to a rally across from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to send a clear message to those in power that Martin Luther King Jr. and all that he fought for will never be forgotten, nor taken away. In his legacy, participants will march to show their support for improving access to high-quality and affordable health care, protecting religious liberty, and ensuring that women maintain the right to choose.
The fight can also be followed online with #WeShallNotBeMoved.
“The 2017 march will bring all people together to insist on change and accountability,” said Rev. Sharpton. “Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle for civil rights didn’t end with his death, it’s a fight we take on each day. The political players may change but our goals stay the same. Donald Trump and his administration need to hear our voice and our concerns.”
CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS AND PARTNERS:
National Action Network
National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
National Council of La Raza
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
National Urban League
National Congress of Black Women (NCBW)
National Coalition of Black Civic Participation (NCBCP)
Black Women’s Roundtable
Human Rights Campaign
National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
Phi Beta Sigma, Inc.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Hip Hop Caucus
The Lawyers Committee
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX)
Senator Jeff Merkley (OR)
Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI)
Senator Kristen Gillibrand (NY)
WHEN: Saturday, January 14 – 9:00 a.m.
Assemble at 9 a.m. at the National Sylvan Theater, Independence Avenue Southwest & 15th St. N.W.
March begins at 11 a.m. and will travel along Independence Ave. SW to West Potomac Park at 1964 Independence Ave. SW
Rally at 12 p.m. in West Potomac Park, directly across from Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
PRESS CREDENTIALS: Please email [email protected] and copy [email protected] with your name, media outlet, email and phone number. Credentials must be received by January 10. Press must arrive at the National Sylvan Theater by 9 a.m. to pick up credentials.
About National Action Network
National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender.