Thousands of activists are marching in Washington D.C. Saturday for a pair of rallies to demand federal voting rights protections and a variety of civil rights reforms.
The marches coincide with the 58th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech on the National Mall. Organizers are urgent for the Democratic-led Congress and White House to enact daring, sweeping election reforms they are saying are wanted within the face of voter suppression efforts in locations like Texas and Florida.
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“We are marching to defend our energy, to defend our voice, to defend our voting rights!,” tweeted Martin Luther King III, the son of the late civil rights chief.
The “March On for Washington and Voting Rights” close to the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall is organized by King’s group, the Drum Major Institute, the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and different voting rights organizations.
They are calling for the passage of Democrats’ sweeping election reforms plans, the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and making Washington D.C. the 51st state. All three of these initiatives handed the House this yr, however face an uphill climb within the Senate the place 60 votes are wanted and Democrats management simply 50 seats.
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Organizers for the “Make Good Trouble Rally” on the Lincoln Memorial are demanding far more than voting reforms and D.C. statehood. Their calls for motion additionally embrace progressive priorities of ending the Senate filibuster, passing slavery reparations, elevating the minimal wage to $15, canceling pupil debt, ending gun violence, legalizing undocumented immigrants and reversing local weather change.
Chants within the crowd embrace “Black Lives Matter” and “Trans Lives Matter.”
Both rallies have a gentle lineup of audio system all through the day, together with members of congress, households members of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and George Floyd, who was killed by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in May 2020.
Floyd’s loss of life sparked nationwide Black Lives Matter protests that summer time and calls for for racial justice, policing accountability and defunding the police.
Fox News’ Liz Friden contributed to this report.