In the days leading up to the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, a coalition of civil rights groups, activists, unions and clergy will rally outside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. to warn President Trump and Congress that the fight for criminal justice, voting rights, affordable health care, improvements in education and other issues around equality and justice continues.
National Action Network (NAN), led by civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, has announced the route for a rally and march on MLK weekend, just six days before the presidential inauguration, that will attract Americans from every state, race, religion and ethnicity. The 2017 march on Washington, evoking the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., will start at the National Sylvan Theater and lead to West Potomac Park via Independence Ave. SW and end with a rally across from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
Participants will demand accountability not just from President-elect Trump but from Senate and Congress members who are charged with overseeing the Criminal Justice Reform Act, the Voting Rights Bill, Supreme Court nominations and other Trump political appointments. Our movement, #WeShallNotBeMoved, will send a clear message to those in power that the fight for equal rights and justice for all continues.
The four top concerns are: that police reform will continue and there won’t be mass incarceration for low-level, nonviolent crimes, that stop and frisk will not become a national policy, that the Affordable Care Act won’t be rolled back and that climate change will be effectively addressed.
“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.”