The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is fast approaching, and AFT leaders and members will be gathering on the National Mall on Aug. 24 to celebrate this important milestone.
The march, which took place on Aug. 28, 1963, is part of the AFT's proud history fighting for civil rights. We were on the ground, helping organize and mobilize for the historic event that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and other progressive programs and rights that every American still benefits from today. Denying a first-class public education is something we didn't accept then, and we don't accept it now.
This year's march comes at a pivotal juncture for our nation. It is a time when attacks on working people and unions have weakened the middle class; when voter suppression laws threaten to disenfranchise the poor, people of color, young people and seniors; and when the gun lobby and ALEC have planted laws that allowed a racially profiled, unarmed teenager to be shot dead with no consequences to the perpetrator.
The AFT will join with civil rights organizations, women's and student groups, environmentalists, faith leaders and other labor unions, to honor our continued work toward ensuring economic fairness, social justice and an equal opportunity for all who call America home.
July 26, 2013