Today (April 13), members of Justice League NYC will be joined by fellow activists and friends to embark on a historic journey — a nine day march from New York City to the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC to deliver a ‘Justice Package’ that will include criminal justice reform legislation to end racial profiling and demilitarize police.
The #March2Justice journey, set to start at Staten Island’s Richmond Valley Metro Station, will take members to key cities on the east coast where they will hold local rallies and mobilize with supporters. By April 21, March2Justice participants will have made it to The National Mall in Washington DC, where they will call for action on three pieces of legislation before Congress. Those include the following:
You can find out more information on the legislation by clicking the acts.
According to the Justice League NYC:
We MARCH in solidarity with our elders, our youth, our incarcerated brothers and sisters, and the families and communities of those impacted by police brutality. We MARCH on behalf of Eric Garner. And Akai Gurley. And Jesse Hernandez. And Rekia Boyd. And Tamir Rice. And Michael Brown. And Renisha McBride. And London Colvin. And John Crawford III. And Miriam Carey. And Anthony Baez. And Ramarley Graham.
We MARCH2JUSTICE because we believe that together, we can change the landscape of this nation and prove once and for all that ALL men and women are created equal. And we ALL have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
NewsOne is honored to partner with the League to bring the march straight to you through videos, exclusives, commentary and developments.
Here are some things you should know about the march if you plan to follow along.
Where are we going?
March2Justice will span 5 states in nine days. Check the list below to see key cities and events.
April 13: NYC Rally and Step Off — Staten Island, Richmond Valley Metro Station/ Newark Rally (7pm) at the Willing Heart Community Care Center
April 14: Community rally in Trenton
April 15: Community rally in Philadelphia
April 16: Lincoln University Student Talk
April 17: Marchers travel from Lincoln University to Laurel, MD/ No Rally
April 18: Baltimore rally
April 19: Marchers travel from Baltimore to Laurel, MD/No rally
April 20: DC Arrival/Marchers travel from Laurel to Union Temple Baptist Church
April 21: DC March & Rally — Marchers gather for rally and step off at noon for a long walk with Civil Rights leaders, elders, legislators, and more special guests for a March through DC streets, ending on the West Lawn of Capitol Hill/5:00pm Rally & Concert on West Lawn
Time and location will be updated daily. Check with NewsOne for the latest.
I plan on marching, what equipment/materials do I need?
If you plan on marching, please sign up here and take a look at what items you may want to pack for the journey:
- 2 pairs of high performance walking/running sneakers – we suggest you visit a professional running store and get fitted
- Comfortable clothing – walking 15 miles in 60 degree weather will be warm – so think about thin, easily removable layers
- Rain coat or poncho
- Cushioned athletic socks
- Foot massage cream/ben gay or icy hot or other medicated cream for sore muscles
- All your prescriptions or other medications, pain relievers
- 1 Blanket/pillow
- 1 Big Towel and 1 Smaller Towel
- Personal toiletries (toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, etc)
- Hygiene products
- Shower shoes/flip flops
- Refillable water bottle – we are trying to provide this for you – stay tuned!
- Sunscreen – this is VERY important!! Remember we will be outside in the sun – remember to keep your head protected as well as your face and limbs.
- Personal Snacks – we will do our best to provide some snacks, but we suggest you might want to pack a few energy or granola bars – something non-perishable you can stuff in a pocket as we walk
- Portable phone charger
- Small personal bag/fanny pack for day travel
You should not bring any valuable possessions. Justice League NYC is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.
Please note that that since Justice League is a grassroots funded effort still raising needed money, they cannot promise lunches or return trip transportation to anyone joining them as a Justice Seeker. Please bring a lunch and plan accordingly.
Do I have to march the entire way?
Feel free to join the League at any point in their journey. Please make sure you sign up before you embark on the journey as all Justice Champions must undergo a training in nonviolent direct action, as well as health & wellness on the road.
Again, you can sign up here.
I don’t plan on marching, but I want to stay involved. Where can I follow the march?
Visit NewsOne.com for daily updates on the #March2Justice or visit March2Justice.com for more information.
Please follow the Twitter handles and hashtags below for real-time updates from the road:
For an exclusive interview with March2Justice organizers Carmen Perez and Tamika Mallory, click here.
VIDEO SOURCE: YouTube