Immigrant Rights Movement to Join 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Washington, DC – On Saturday August 24, immigrant rights activists will join the tens of thousands of civil, community, and labor rights leaders in commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
At the 1963 original march at the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King presented his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech that has reverberated for decades. While we celebrate 50 years of achievement since that march, we recognize that the “Dream” has not been fulfilled and the battle for justice is ongoing.
The March agenda will include some of the country’s most prominent labor, civil rights, and political leaders addressing voting rights, racial profiling, stand your ground laws, unemployment, poverty, gun violence, and other critical issues affecting our nation.
Speakers will also address the civil rights crisis created by a broken immigration system that divides families, stops promising young people from academic achievement, and has launched an epidemic of hate crimes and police profiling committed against immigrant communities.
When Dr. Martin Luther King stated “I Have a Dream,” he forever changed our nation. These words reached an audience of hundreds of thousands gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial, the millions of Americans that listened and watched on radio and television, elected officials, the world, and history. 50 years later, new generations listen to these words and continue to dream.
They dream of living and working without fear, children going to college, and families reunited after sometimes decades of separation. These are the collective dreams of 11 million undocumented immigrants who give thanks for those who dreamed, marched, and died in the name of the Civil Rights Movement.
For the events happening in Washington, DC, immigrant rights activists will join CASA de Maryland at the Foggy Bottom Metro Station (9am, Saturday, August 24th) in Washington DC for the March on Washington.