#March2Justice: Historic Nine-Day March to Capitol Kicks Off!!!
The past week's news of African American men, Walter Scott and Eric Harris, killed by White police officers reminds us that we cannot stop waging war against such institutionalized racism and injustice. There is one activist group making sure this fight continues. Today, the Justice League NYC kicked off its nine-day "March 2 Justice," where participants set out on a historic sojourn marching over 250 miles from New York to Washington D.C..
The Justice League has been instrumental in organizing movements for Eric Garner and other police brutality victims last year and has iconic activist Harry Belafonte mentoring them along the way. The 9-day march was developed under Belafonte's The Gathering of Justice organization.
The group, of approximately 100, is also joined by New York City Council member, Jumaane D. Williams whose face has been at the forefront of many marches and rallies across New York. Williams spoke this morning as the marched kicked off on Staten Island, the home of Eric Garner. "I hear the next generation saying don't forget about us!" shouted Williams.
The Justice League is not just marching with no demands in place. The organization has prepared a three-piece "Justice Package" demanding new federal legislation: the End Racial Profiling Act, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), and the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act. The package will be delivered on the final day of marching and protest as the league and fellow activists end their journey on the U.S. Capitol joined by civil rights leaders and legislators.
Walter Scott and Eric Harris are just two new names added to a long list of African Americans murdered by white police officers. In March alone, over 100 people died during encounters with police. The league's work mirrors much of Black America's demands for a better, more just society. Essentially, to stop having to attach our sons and daughters names to hashtags and headstones. While not all agree that marching is the best tool to change, the Justice League has demonstrated its effectiveness in planning that spans beyond the streets.
We'll see you in Baltimore, family!!!