DemDaily: March for Change, Civil Rights and Charlottesville
August 30, 2017
On Monday, August 28th, a coalition of activists began a 10-day march from Charlottesville, Virginia to Washington, DC.
Their mission: to protest the escalation of "white supremacist violence, rhetoric and policies" under the Trump presidency.
|"We are answering the call from faith and community leaders in Charlottesville to dismantle white supremacy in our country by taking their demand for moral leadership to Washington DC." cville2dc|
Charlottesville was home to the violent August 12th "Unite the Right" confrontation and riot that ended in the tragic deaths of three people and left dozens others wounded.The public outcry over the tragedy, and President Trump's subsequent remarks defending the white supremacists, reached a tipping point thought already exceeded by a regularly outraged electorate.
The event was also an alarming and uncomfortable reminder of how close we have come to a replay of the 1960s civil rights movement, and the precious legal and human rights earned at the cost of many during those years.
"We are marching to DC in the spirit of love, equality and justice like those before us did in the face of hatred and oppression." - - cville2dc
March organizers include the Women's March, Working Families Party, AFL-CIO, Color of Change, PICO, If Not Now, United We Dream, Center for Popular Democracy, The People's Consortium for Human and Civil Rights, Inc. and more.
This is a time for us to live our values and confront white supremacy in our government and in our history. We are fighting for each other and our common humanity, demanding leadership that will actively fight this ideology of hate, and calling for the removal of all those, including the president, who refuse to do so. - cville2dc
The initial group of 200+ marchers who started in Charlottesville, is expected to grow to several thousand by the time they reach DC on Wednesday, September 6th.
The March Timeline & Route
|Date||Day||Destination /Start||Destination /End||Distance|
|August 28th||Monday||Charlottesville||Commonwealth||3 mi|
|August 29th||Tuesday||Commonwealth||Ruckersville||13 mi|
|August 30th||Wednesday||Ruckersville||Madison||12 mi|
|August 31st||Thursday||Madison||Culpeper||18 mi|
|September 1st||Friday||Culpeper||Remington||12 mi|
|September 2nd||Saturday||Remington||Warrenton||13 mi|
|September 3rd||Sunday||Warrenton||Gainsville||12 mi|
|September 4th||Monday||Gainsville||Centreville||13 mi|
|September 5th||Tuesday||Centreville||Merrifield||11 mi|
|September 6th||Wednesday||Merrifield||Washington, DC||11 mi|
Organizers promise this to be only the beginning of a wave of nonviolent, civil disobedience campaigns to come. DemList will keep updated on developments!
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Sources: Newser, CNN, Jezabel, NBC, Washington Post