Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) talks about the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington lead by Martin Luther King, Jr. Senator Sanders attended the "I Have a Dream" speech while a student at the University of Chicago and explains what it was like to witness that historic event.
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William Allison,92, came to the march with same sign he carried in 1963.
Thousands of marchers are in Washington today, fifty years after Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech during the March on Washington. Several of the attendees are still fighting for the same rights they rallied for fifty years ago.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who co-organized Saturday’s march with King’s son, Martin Luther King III, gave a fiery keynote address that carried out his earlier promise to focus the day’s observances on the “issues that have stood in the way” of fulfilling King’s goals.
Sharpton called on activists to march for jobs and economic opportunity, criticizing the federal government for “bailing out the banks” and corporations while many African-Americans grapple with poverty.
He later turned his attention to gun violence, saying, “We gotta fight against this recklessness that makes us so insensitive that we shoot each other for no reason.”
Martin Luther King III, took the stage overlooking the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool around 12:30pm, and paid tribute to his father and the forerunners of the modern civil rights movement. He then spoke about a host of contentious issues, including the debates over Florida’s so-called Stand Your Ground self-defense statute as well as New York’s so-called Stop and Frisk policing tactic, which some have characterized as racial profiling.
Sharpton and King III were joined Saturday by relatives of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy who was abducted, beaten and shot in the head in 1955 in Mississippi after he was accused of flirting with a white woman, organizers said in a press release.
A parade of speakers took to the podium, including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-MD) urged activists to advocate for equality and fairness, placing recent social debates in the context of King’s vision. Other speakers include the families of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin, Myrlie Evers-Williams (Widow of Medgar-Evers), President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
Obama's speech will focus on the progress that has been made since the 1963 march as well as his vision for the future, according to a senior administration official.
To call attention to the dual threats of voter suppression and money in politics, activists have been organizing National Days of Action on and around January 19th to organize teach-ins, rallies and other events around the country. January 19th was selected because that weekend marks both the 3rd anniversary of Citizens United v. FEC and the Martin Luther King holiday. Individual activists are organizing events in their communities, and major events are being planned across the country to jumpstart campaigns to get the big Money Out, and the Voters In.
Filmmaker Dennis Trainor, Jr., caught up with Lee Camp, Aaron Black and Mark Green at the NYC event.
Statement of Purpose
In November, citizens in every state came together to cast their votes for President, Congress, and other state and local offices. The right to cast those votes -- to elect leaders who represent us -- is at the heart of our democratic system. But that right is in danger.
Our system of fair and free elections is under attack on multiple fronts. The Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United opened the floodgates for special interest money and corporate influence in politics. At the same time, a rash of voter suppression laws in more than 30 states has threatened to make voting difficult, if not impossible, for millions of Americans.
Throughout the history of our nation, powerful politicians and interest groups have tried to block eligible voters from casting a ballot. For much of the twentieth century, they used literacy tests or demanded poll taxes. Today they ask for photo voter ID, or create restrictive voter registration schemes. These laws, combined with the challenge posed by limitless corporate influence, strike at the very core of our democracy.
Our nation's history has been a journey towards true equality and the promise of a government of, by and for the people. Just as we have overcome many obstacles to achieve that promise, we are now committed to standing up against the pervasive, corrupting influence of an electoral system that auctions offices to the highest bidder and suppresses the vote of millions of Americans.
No matter what happened on November 6th, these threats must continue to be addressed. Together with our allies across the political spectrum, we pledge to fight for the rights of all voters in our nation and to move that much closer to creating a more perfect union. The future of our democracy depends on it.
What would a world look like that had a culture and an economic system that placed human need above corporate greed, and how do we bring that world into being?
Dennis Trainor, Jr., the writer and director of "American Autumn: an occudoc," does not care what we call this new world. “Call it Socialism, if you are not afraid of buzzwords, call it Real Democracy Now, call it Chunky-Monkey-Cherry Garcia for all I care. All I know is the world needs to change radically, it needs to change dramatically, and it needs to change fast. This documentary is an invitation for the viewer to participate in that positive change.”
Shot on the front lines and meeting spaces of the Occupy Movement in NYC, Boston, and Washington, D.C. from the earliest days through the end of January 2012 and written, directed and produced by activist, writer and filmmaker Dennis Trainor, Jr. "American Autumn: an Occudoc" is an inside-looking-out view of the Occupy Movement.
I see some friendly familiar faces in this clip, Michael Moore, Bernie Sanders, and Lee Camp. Enjoy the trailer, the film is scheduled for release in June.