America's Journey for Justice

From August 1 to September 16, 2015 America’s Journey for Justice–an historic 1002-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, D.C.–mobilized activists and advanced a focused national advocacy agenda.

From August 1 to September 16, America’s Journey for Justice–an historic 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, D.C.–will mobilize activists and advance a focused national advocacy agenda that protects the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education.



Issue Focus by State: Why We March

Alabama: Economic Inequality

  • Aggressive federal role in job training and creation
  • Raise the minimum wage
  • Pass the Raise the Wage Act
  • Pay Equity
  • Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act
  • Non-Discrimination in Employment

Georgia: Education Reform

  • Resource equity between public school districts
  • A strong federal role in ensuring that every student has access to safe, high quality education
  • Universal pre-kindergarten programs
  • States must be able to hold schools accountable
  • College affordability

South Carolina: Criminal Justice Reform

  • National, uniform standards for use of force for all local, state, and federal law enforcement agents
  • Pass the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act
  • End Racial Profiling
  • Pass the End Racial Profiling Act
  • Eliminate racially discriminatory prosecution
  • Video surveillance of all law enforcement activities plus protections of civilians’ civil rights and civil liberties
  • Independent, adequately funded civilian accountability review boards of law enforcement activities
  • Sentencing Reform
  • Pass the Smarter Sentencing Act
  • Elimination of the crack / powder cocaine sentencing disparity
  • Pass the Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act
  • Safe, Sane, & Sensible laws to prevent gun violence
  • Reform our Nation’s immigration laws
  • Death Penalty Abolition
  • Aggressively address over-criminalization
  • Pass the SAFE Act

North Carolina: Voting Rights

  • Voter Empowerment
    Pass the Voter Empowerment Act
    Repair, Restore, Strengthen, and Advance the 1965 Voting Rights Act
    Pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act
    Re-enfranchisement of Ex-Felony Offenders
    Pass the Democracy Restoration Act

Virginia: Youth Rally

Washington, D.C.: Full Advocacy Agenda

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