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Dear Sister,

You wouldn’t know it by the lack of coverage in the mainstream media, but August 26th is the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The significance of that day cannot be ignored. Over 250,000 Black folks (and our allies) marched on Washington, filling the Lincoln Memorial and the reflecting pool with hope for the future, demanding equality and justice, which were in even shorter supply to Black folks than today. The March on Washington breathed new life into the civil rights movement and positioned the movement for the successful passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Source: Robert Joyce papers, 1952-1973, Historical Collections and Labor Archives, Special Collections Library, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University.

The fight for freedom continues today. The 60th Anniversary March could breathe new life into our movement to dismantle racism, xenophobia, classism, and other social constructs that hinder our ability to thrive.

Hopefully, the 60th Anniversary March will breathe new life into the movement needed to turn out record numbers of people to the polls in November 2024. Some of you have probably already started to tune out the predictions, polls, and pundits claiming that the political sky is falling. Others watch with dismay and wonder if anything can be done to stop the Maga train.

We can start by attending the 60th Anniversary March in person or participating in a local event. The Anti-Defamation League reminds us that protest marches are important because they “…influence public opinion, draw attention to and share information about a perceived injustice, gain a wide audience for the cause, push public policy or legislation forward, learn more about an issue, connect with others who feel passionate about the issue, speak one’s truth and bear witness. Protests can also provide inspiration and a sense of being part of a larger movement. The overarching purpose of protests is to demand change.”

The overarching purpose of protests is to demand change.

The Anti-Defamation League

Let’s join together and send a loud and strong signal that change is coming, and we demand action to stop the attacks on our democracy, economy, and human rights. Let’s signal that we are fed up with today’s divided politics. Let’s signal that we expect open debate of policy options. Let’s signal that we demand public policies that improve our lives and create opportunities for all. Let’s signal that we are AWAKE and paying attention to what is happening in our community and our country, and we won’t stand for it anymore.

Sisters, we need more than commemorative marches to bring about the changes we need. We must compel all elected officials to pass legislation and regulations that correct past and present injustices. Marching alone won’t stop the tidal wave of scary legislation passing at the state level, systematically damaging our rights and taking us back to the pre-civil rights era way of life. We must vote in EVERY election and hold the folks we voted for accountable to us!

Start today by letting your elected officials know that you support the strategies proposed in the Black Momnibus Act of 2023 to reduce and prevent the number of Black women dying in pregnancy and childbirth. Using our political power, WE CAN do something about this tragedy. Click HERE to take action today!

In solidarity,

Stephanie, WE CAN Founder

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September 29, 2023 | 7:00 – 8:30pm (ET)