NJ Peace Action

50th Anniversary March on Washington

The People United Will Never Be Defeated — A Second Chance
by Litsa Binder

My experience with the peace movement after 9/11 reinforced my view for an urgent need for peace, civil rights, environmental, economic, social justice and other progressive organizations to put aside differences, and work closely together toward the goal of building a just society.

When I joined the public anti-war protests in 2002, the immediate goal of the peace movement was to prevent war with Iraq. I was thrilled to march with hundreds of thousands, spirited peace activists in Washington, DC against the prospect of war. However, sometime later, I became very concerned when two anti-war protests were scheduled a couple of weeks from each other, each sponsored by a major anti-war organization. Smaller crowds attended each protest and eventually there were no protests at all. In the meantime, anti-war leaders spent much time and energy at conferences discussing their respective positions on various issues and how to bridge their differences. The casualty of their inability to have a united front was the peace movement itself.

In the current environment of corporate greed, blatant assault on civil liberties, voting rights, women's reproductive rights, worker rights, gun violence, and endless war, it is imperative that organizations representing the 99% unite to work together toward building a just society. The Occupy movement attempted to do that. Occupy was criticized for not having a specific goal or focus. I believe that was the movement’s strength. It was like an umbrella group — its focus was justice for the 99%. And that is why it was feared and was crushed by force.

“The People United Will Never Be Defeated” is a favorite slogan of mine. It looks like peace, human rights, environmental, labor, women’s groups will have a second chance to act in unison on August 24, 2013, on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., when he made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. On August 24, buses filled with people having all kinds of dreams for a better world will head to Washington, DC to honor the memory of Dr. King and dedicate themselves to finishing the dream. The movement will need to stay united and be sustained over a long period of time in order to force our elected officials to bring about change.

Here is another chance to keep hope alive; a better world is possible!

Litsa Binder is a dedicated activist for peace and social justice.

A Message from Michael McPhearson, Coordinator of United for Peace and Justice

August 28th will mark the 50th Anniversary of the historic Civil Rights Movement March on Washington. Saturday, August 24th is the day planned to commemorate the 1963 march with a large rally and march. The march is called by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King III, the National Action Network (NAN) and many other partners including the King Center and SCLC. Activities are planned from the 22nd or so through the week.

The 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington will give voice to demands to end the plague of war, the injustice of economic, racial and social inequality, and the destruction of our planet. In the wake of the tragic outcome in the Trayvon Martin case we must be connected with others standing up against racial and social injustice, poverty and economic inequality, environmental destruction and climate collapse in order to build our movement for peace and justice through broad-based collective action. And let's not forget attack on the voting rights act, moral Mondays in North Carolina and Dream Defenders as exciting examples of nonviolent resistance building to Aug 24, and pushing to fufill Dr King's dream.

As the National Action Network stated in a press release, “this must be a continuation march not a commemoration march.”

Bus Information:

Newark

Get on the POP Bus to Washington for The 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington. Bus departs Saturday, August 24, 2013, 5am from Lincoln Park in Newark, New Jersey. Estimated time of return 9pm. Cost per person: $55.00 round trip.

For reservations and more information call (973) 801-0001.
Lawrence Hamm, Chairman
People's Organization for Progress

New Brunswick

Rutgers Labor Education Center
50 Labor Center Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Contact Carol Gay — 732 616-1751 or carolgay747@aol.com
Bus departing at 6:00 AM and departing DC for return trip at 4 PM.
$10.00 deposit reserves seat and will be returned upon boarding.

Newton

The bus to Washington, D.C. will leave from 3 Hampton House Road, Newton (Marshall’s) at 5:30 AM on Saturday, August 24 and return by 4:00 in the afternoon. Reservations are $10 per seat. Call or email to reserve today!

Barbara Cozine bfcozine@yahoo.com Phone: (973) 271-5029
Local Co-Sponsors: Sussex Million Mom March ▪ Unite Women NJ ▪ NJ Industrial Union Council ▪ Occupy Newton NJ ▪ NJ League of Women Voters

Elizabeth

Pastor Bartley — (908) 352-5750

Jersey City

Carolyn Olibert Fair-201-433-6932
Tickets must be reserved by August 6th

Montclair NAACP

Tom Reynolds — (973) 233-4468

Neptune

Shannon Davis — (732) 693-6977
Bus leaves at 3:00am
Cost $65
Money due on August 10th
Reserve seats through PayPal @ paypal.com
Use selfpublished04@aol.com as e-mail address of funds recipient

Paterson

Leaving from Mr.Gs Diner
455 E.18th Street, Paterson 07416
4:00 AM sharp
$60
Bus Captain — Russell Gaddy