50th Anniversary March on Washington

Why We March

DSA is an official partner organization sponsoring the August 24, 2013 March on Washington 50 years after activists, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., marched on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  That march, and the years of organizing which preceded it, built public pressure and helped lead to landmark civil rights legislation and later the expansion and protection of voting rights.

But we do not march simply to celebrate past victories.  Today the extremist forces that were defeated 50 years ago have regained new life. We face a moral, economic and political crisis illustrated by the legislation these forces have successfully implemented in many states:

  • Voter suppression laws that have the potential to prevent millions of mostly voters of color and low income voters from voting. The Supreme Court decision striking down the main enforcement provision of the Voting Rights Act has already resulted in a flurry of new voter suppression laws.
  • 30 states have enacted Stand Your Ground laws which encourage the use of guns, making it much harder –as the Trayvon Martin case demonstrates—to prosecute murderers. The right-wing enthused over the verdict because they understood it to mean that in our culture you could still get away with killing a black man.
  • Anti-abortion laws imposing mandatory, unnecessary and invasive ultrasound provisions on women in order to humiliate and discourage them from exercising their right to an abortion and setting technical rules for abortion clinics that will result in making access virtually unavailable in many states, particularly for poor, young, and rural women.
  • Restricting the rights of workers to unionize and imposing limitations on collective bargaining for public employees.
  • Terrorizing people without papers with laws promoting racial profiling of potential immigrants and making it more difficult for immigrant workers who contribute labor to our economy to come out of the shadows.

The sad fact is that the basic demand of the 1963 March on Washington, Jobs and Freedom, remains unfulfilled. The only path to victory is to organize, protest, and vote.

Power concedes nothing without a demand!

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Logistics

Transportation: DSA chapters, particularly on the East Coast, are organizing car pools or taking charter buses to get to and from Washington.  In many cities charter buses are being organized by labor and civil rights organizations.  To find out about bus transportation including the contact information for those organizing bus transportation click here.

If you are driving to the march and have room for others click here.

In Washington on August 24th 

General Information - Beginning at 8:30 AM people will gather at the Lincoln Memorial for the pre-rally. At 10:30 AM the official Rally will begin at the Lincoln Memorial. At about 12:30 the March to the King Memorial will step off. 

DSA  Meeting Point between 8:00am and 11:00am – Jefferson Dr. SW at 14th St. (2 blocks from Smithsonian Metro stop). This is on the Independence Ave (south) side of the National Mall. We will meet with DSA banners to march together. Bring your own signs, too!

DSA Outreach – We will pass out DSA flyers and the 50th anniversary themed summer issue of Democratic Left magazine, and will need volunteers to help out.

DSA Reception from 2:00pm and 5:00pm - Hunan Dynasty Restaurant, 215 Pennsylvania Ave. SE on the 2nd floor (at 2nd St. and two blocks from the Capitol South Metro stop, but walking distance from the National Mall). Come meet DSA members from around the country and hear about what we're doing this fall.

We recommend that you bring your cell phone and register on this page (bottom of this page) if you plan to attend, listing your cell phone number, so we can send text message updates with the latest information before and during the march.

How you can help

Attend the march with DSA! Make sure to RSVP at the bottom of this web page.

Organize a car pool or help fill a bus. Click here to make a commitment.

Help staff our outreach operation in Washington. Click here to sign up.

If you live in Washington and can volunteer to build the march or organize for DSA’s march participation click here.

Use your Facebook page (or other social media) to announce your support for the Rally and March and send out periodic updates.

More Information

We will keep this page as up-to-date as possible, but you can check the National Action Network page for more logistical details.

 

 

WHEN
August 24, 2013 at 8:30am - 4:30pm
WHERE
National Mall, Washington, D.C.
Jefferson Dr SW at 14th St SW
Washington, DC 20024
United States
Google map and directions
CONTACT
DSA National Office · 212-727-8610
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