Today, August 3rd, the NAACP will hold its first state rally at the Alabama State Capitol as marchers reach the midpoint of the first leg of its 860 mile march, Americaâ€™s Journey for Justice. On the capitol steps, the NAACP, coalition partners, young practioners of democracy and other social justice and human rights advocates will demand federal prioritization of job creation and training programs, passage of the Raise the Wage Act, passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act and legislation that requires stronger restrictions on payday loans in the state of Alabama.
Americaâ€™s Journey for Justice is an 860-mile march from Selma, Montgomery through Washington, DC. Led relay style by regional leadership beginning with NAACP Alabama State Conference President Bernard Simelton, marchers we will trek through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia until reaching the nationâ€™s capital. The march aims to mobilize activists and advance a focused national advocacy agenda that protects the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education under the unifying theme â€œOur Lives, Our Votes, Our Jobs, Our Schools Matter.â€
Who: Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO; Bernard Simelton, NAACP Alabama State Conference President; Frank Barragan, Alabama Coalition For Immigrant Justice; Della Bryant, President Montgomery County NAACP; Alease Wilson, Children over Politics; Rev Charles Dale, original foot soldier; Ashton Toefield, NAACP Louisiana State Youth and College President; Rev. Claude Shuford, Pastor, Mount Zion AME Zion Church; Mayor Johnny Ford, Mayor of Tuskegee.
August 3, 2015
6:30 p.m. CT
Alabama State Capitol Steps
Goat Hill, E end of Dexter Ave.,