Yesha Callahan

#March2Justice Kicks Off 8-Day, 250 Mile Walk From Staten Island to D.C.

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The “March 2 Justice,” organized by the Justice League NYC, started it’s 8-day walk from Staten Island to Washington, D.C. yesterday. The group of activists hope to spread its message on the importance of police reform.

“No change has happened,” said City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), who joined the group for the first leg of the journey to Newark.

“We need body cams,” he added, referring to cops wearing personal body cameras. “We also need structural change. While it’s about police reform, we also need to help create change within the communities.”

In an interview with the Huffington Post, one march participant expressed why she was taking part in it.

“I’m tired of seeing all these people that look like me on the news, so that’s why I’m marching,” said Sade Swift, who grew up in Washington Heights, where she says cops often stopped her on the street.

“I was stopped and frisked multiple times because they thought I was a prostitute,” she recalled. “I was 16 years old going to church with a pea coat on.”

The group is expected to arrive in the capital April 21.

Image Credits: AP/March2Justice

  1. April 14, 2015 - Reply

    Barney Frank made a great observation on NPR a few weeks ago, the left marches, the to right votes. There have been times when African Americans could not vote, so we had to march. Nowadays, it great that we can do both.

  2. April 14, 2015 - Reply

    To be quite honest, we live in a Western, technocratic capitalist regime. This regime is global that uses domestic repression at home while it executes imperialist aggression overseas (which has been opposed by Fannie Lou Hamer, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. WEB DuBois, Paul Robeson, the old school BPP, etc.). The march (fro Staten Island to D.C.) is about human beings opposing police terrorism, economic exploitation, and racial injustice. They seek to have their voices heard. In many social movements, the fight for freedom will not be easy. I support the march. Not to mention that we have to do more too. We have to develop strategies, get laws passed, and work in our communities as well. In the final analysis, grassroots political and economic actions can improve the social strata of our communities. We are in solidarity with the marches, so real, revolutionary change can exist.

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