Help Shine a Spotlight on Racial Justice This Weekend
Organized by a coalition of groups and individual activists, the main March for Racial Justice in DC is sponsored by more than 40 organizations, including Jobs with Justice, Code Pink, Jewish Voice for Peace, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, National Organization for Women, the YWCA, and Common Cause. Marchers will gather for racial equity and political and economic justice for all communities of color. (Learn more here). The DC March will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30th to mark the anniversary of the Elaine Massacre of 1919, in which more than 100 black Americans were killed by white mobs. Find details on the DC march time and location here.
New Jersey residents live close to two M4RJ satellite events on Sunday, October 1st.
1. In Trenton, the M4RJ Day of Service, Learning & Unity will be held from 2-6pm at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The program includes breakout sessions, music and the chance to learn more about and donate to community service organizations in the Trenton area. The event is organized by the Central Jersey Coalition for Justice, and sponsored by STAND CNJ, Hope Rises Up, Indivisible Cranbury, Lawrence Citizen Activists, and the Campaign to End the New Jim Crow-Trenton/Princeton Chapter.
During the Trenton event, you can drop off items to donate to local organizations that aid the Trenton community and/or work for racial justice. Items requested include:
- hygiene products (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen)
- food, especially canned protein and cereal (Homefront)
- clothes in good condition (Rescue Mission of Trenton)
- Books for Black Lives Matter’s Books & Breakfast Program (SURJ-NJ; list of suggested titles here)
- Spanish Language Books
Pre-registration for the Trenton event is available here before midnight Wednesday, 9/27. You can also register at the door. Tickets are $5.
2. The March for Racial Justice NYC is also on Sunday October 1st. Program begins at 1pm at Jay Street Plaza in DUMBO, Brooklyn. March begins at 3pm.
Can’t make it to any events this weekend? No problem! There are other ways to help the March for Racial Justice make an impact.
Learn. Educate yourself about the history of racial justice issues in our country, and how they affect people today. Check out the many resources listed here.
Post. Share information about the March for Racial Justice on your social media accounts before, during and after the event. You can also change your profile picture this weekend with a March for Racial Justice Twibbon.
Contact your representatives. Call or write to your elected officials at the local, state and congressional level. Stand in solidarity with those who march by telling your reps to do something about racial inequality in the criminal justice system, the school-to-prison pipeline, police brutality, voter suppression, the rise of white extremism, economic inequality and environmental justice.