JUSTICE LEAGUE NYC ANNOUNCES 250+ MILE MARCH FROM NEW YORK CITY TO WASHINGTON, DC WITH HARRY BELAFONTE AND GEORGE GRESHAM AS HONORARY CO-CHAIRS
"MARCH2JUSTICE" KICKS OFF APRIL 13TH AND ARRIVES IN DC APRIL 21ST TO DEMAND CONGRESS ACT ON THE NATIONAL CRISIS OF POLICE VIOLENCE, RACIAL PROFILING AND A BROKEN JUSTICE SYSTEM
New York, NY - Justice League NYC officially announced the group’s March2Justice, with honorary co-chairs Harry Belafonte and 1199 SEIU President George Gresham.
Beginning in New York City, the March will span 5 states and 250 miles, over the course of eight days, stopping in cities along the way for mobilizations with local groups and families of victims. Arriving in Washington, DC on April 21st, marchers will demand that Congress pass critical legislation to address the systematic inequalities in our justice system. The Justice Package consists of three pieces of legislation: the End Racial Profiling Act, the Stop Militarization of Law Enforcement Act, and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.
As marchers prepare themselves for this journey, they are crowdfunding the effort through personal fundraising pages. Marchers have raised over $20,000 so far, roughly half the total needed to provide food and supplies to all during the March. Justice League NYC is asking those who are unable to march to stand in solidarity by donating and supporting local businesses from April 13-21.
The March2Justice takes place weeks after Justice League NYC joined thousands to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama. The group was honored to introduce Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, during the program. Carmen Perez, Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice and the Director of March2Justice had the following to offer on the correlation between Selma and the upcoming march:
“The commemoration of Selma was an important and emotional occasion. We couldn’t be doing this work without the sacrifice of Congressman John Lewis and the many others who have marched and paved the way. We honor them and are grateful for their leadership. Yet while we were commemorating what happened 50 years ago, we were also reminded that Selma is now. The people of Madison, Wisconsin spent the same weekend mourning the death of unarmed 19 year-old Tony Robinson who was killed by police officers. It’s important that while we remember the sacrifices made by those who marched in Selma, we ground ourselves in the reality of the times that we live in and recommit to follow in their example.”
Perez is speaking to the tragic police killing of unarmed 19-year-old Anthony Robinson that took place on Friday, March 6th in Madison, Wisconsin. The death of Tony, as he was called by his friends, is a stark reminder of the task at hand, and the fact that across the country there is no accountability for police officers who kill unarmed black men, women and children at alarming rates. For Perez, along with March2Justice co-chairs, Tamika D. Mallory and Linda Sarsour, this effort is a continuation of more than 15 years of work around criminal justice reform and police accountability.
The March upholds the legacy of victims including Anthony Baez, Sean Bell, Rekia Boyd, Michael Brown, Miriam Carey, London Colvin, John Crawford III, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Ramarley Graham, Akai Gurley, Jessie Hernandez, Anthony Hill, Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Tamir Rice, Tony Robison, and countless others.
About Justice League NYC:
Justice League NYC is a task force of juvenile and criminal justice experts, advocates, artists and formerly incarcerated individuals, brought together under the banner of The Gathering for Justice, a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte in 2005 and led by Executive Director Carmen Perez. Justice League NYC is building a movement that is intergenerational and community-oriented. We work under the principles of Kingian nonviolence, and believe in the power of our elders’ wisdom and the youth’s energy, and we utilize both to act as catalysts for significant community change.