Fifty-Seven Years after the original March on Washington: A Clarion Call for Racial Justice

Aug 28, 2020

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. (Leaders of the march posing in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln) 
• Photo by Rowland Scherman • Public domain

In solidarity,
Alan Minsky for Mike F., Janis, Deb., Donna, Dr. Bill, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, and Mike H.—your PDA National Team

Join Progressive Democrats of America by watching today’s 2020 Virtual March and The Black National Convention

August 28, 1963 was one of the greatest days in American history. Hundreds of thousands of people joined the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on the National Mall in support of the civil rights movement and its call for racial and economic justice.

57 years later the struggle continues, as 57 years later America remains a society defined by racism.

Today there is an ongoing anti-racist uprising across the country, as powerful as any in American history. Today we know this struggle will continue until racial and economic justice is real in our society.

Today the 2020 March on Washington is taking place on the National Mall: watch here.

This evening at 7pm the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) is hosting The Black National Convention: register here.

PDA joins with all of our partners in advocating for a radical anti-racist public policy agenda that forces a transformation in American social relations that has been necessary since before the country’s founding.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) cosponsored H.Res.988–a decisive first step to end police brutality. Join us demanding its passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Our thoughts and solidarity are with the people of the gulf coast as Hurricane Laura smashed in Louisiana on Wednesday night.

15 years ago tomorrow, Hurricane Katrina ripped apart New Orleans.

The destruction and human tragedy of Katrina were, to a massive degree, disproportionately felt by the black communities of Southern Louisiana; exposing the brutal reality of American environmental racism to the entire world. Little has changed to alter that reality on the Gulf Coast in 15 years.

PDA’s longtime partners the Hip-Hop Caucus are co-hosting the 15th Annual Katrina March and Second Line tomorrow in New Orleans: Learn more here.

Progress on racial justice and climate is extremely difficult with a climate denying White supremacist White House. Trump and his thoughtless, heartless extremists keep increasing their vindictiveness causing more destruction as Election Day rapidly approaches.

We need your help today and every month to elect compassionate, progressive leaders to repair the incalculable damage right-wingers keep causing day after day.

Vote for progressive champions in the primaries, during early voting, and on November 3rd.Also, please support PDA’s GOTV (Get Out The Vote) efforts with a generous donation of $50, $20.20, or whatever you can afford, and please pitch in every month if you can.

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