On August 24th thousands will gather in Downtown Portland to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and rally around issues of social justice. The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a pivotal moment in our history. The anniversary is historic in itself, but also an opportunity to bring our community together in light of some of the recent civil rights setbacks including the gutting of the Voting Rights Act.
Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking recently at the National Urban League Conference, found the ruling “disappointing and deeply flawed” but stressed that the decision is not a defeat, but “a historic opportunity” to strengthen civil rights law.
A 2012 federal report found that the Portland Police Bureau engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive force. Lack of economic opportunity, police brutality, and health equity are still hurting our communities. The issues that compelled the 1963 March of Washington for Jobs and Freedom, including lack of economic opportunity and police brutality, are still the pressing issues for communities of color and LGBT people of color today.
Basic Rights Oregon will join the Albina Ministerial Alliance and community partners to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This event will coincide with the national event in Washington, D.C., bringing together local activists & communities in solidarity with the ongoing Civil Rights movement.
The commemorative march will begin at 10am on August 24th, at Terry Schrunk Plaza and we will march to South Waterfront Park, where the rally, speakers, and music will begin at 1pm.