Wisconsin Journey for Justice
America's Journey for Justice is a march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, DC, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and call attention to the injustices still to be addressed. The march, which has a special emphasis on voting rights, is organized by the NAACP and supported by many partner organizations.
OUR LIVES, OUR VOTES, OUR JOBS, OUR SCHOOLS MATTER!
Wisconsin activists from many groups joined the NAACP of Dane County and the Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, for the Wisconsin Journey for Justice, August 28. Led in song by the Raging Grannies, they marched to the Capitol for a noon rally in support of voting rights.
At the Capitol, Greg Jones, President of the NAACP Dane County welcomed the crowd and introduced the many speakers who came to share their messages of support for the fight for civil rights and reversing repressive voting laws.
At the rally...
- Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, President of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice gave the invocation.
- Pastor Stephen Marsh of Lake Edge Lutheran Church led the group in singing an opening hymn.
- Lillie B. Wilson, President of the NAACP Wisconsin Conference, welcomed the crowd.
- Chris Ahmuty, Executive Director of ACLU Wisconsin reviewed the history of the voter photo ID law in Wisconsin and called for strong support of the Government Accountability Board.
- Milele Anana Chikasa gave a remembrance of Julian Bond.
- Milwaukee Senator Lena Taylor inspired with the story of Ezekiel Gillespie and reminded the crowd that Jim Crow lives.
- The Raging Grannies led the group in songs of protest and solidarity.
- Madison Assembly Representative Lisa Subeck stressed the importance of protecting voting rights for all groups of people.
- Jessica Strong from Representative Mark Pocan's office spoke about the Resolution introduced by Pocan and Keith Ellison calling for a Constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to vote.
- Art Shegonee of the Menominee Tribe spoke of his vision of community unity, warriors for justice standing together.
- Wendell J. Harris, First Vice President of NAACP Wisconsin Conference, closed with a statement of determination to move forward on these justice issues as a matter of responsibility to his five-year-old daughter.
- Rabbi Jonathan Biatch from Temple Beth El gave the closing blessing.
Chants and songs of the day:
Forward, together! Not one step back!
I vote. You vote. We vote. Our vote COUNTS!