Save Our Votes March
"From SELMA to WASHINGTON: 40 Years Marching For Our Voting Rights"
Today through Jan. 6th, 2005
Savage MD to Washington DC
Began Tuesday at 10AM, January 4th,
Arrives Thursday January 6th at the Rally to Defend Democracy at the Federal Capitol in Washington DC.
51capitalmarch is sponsoring Save Our Votes March, From Selma to Ohio to Washington a re-enactment the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March for voting rights. The following is a brief description of that march:
On "Bloody Sunday," March 7, 1965, some 600 civil rights marchers headed east out of Selma on U.S. Route 80. They got only as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge six blocks away, where state and local lawmen attacked them with billy clubs and tear gas and drove them back into Selma. Two days later on March 9, Martin Luther King, Jr., led a "symbolic" march to the bridge. Then civil rights leaders sought court protection for a third, full-scale march from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery." On Sunday, March 21, about 3,200 marchers set out for Montgomery, walking 12 miles a day and sleeping in fields. By the time they reached the capitol on Thursday, March 25, they were 25,000-strong. Less than five months after the last of the three marches, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. http://www.africanamericans.com/SelmaMarch.htm
The Rally: At 10 A.M. on Janaury 4th, there will be a "Save Our Votes Rally". This will be at the intersection of Route 32 and Route 1, Savage, Maryland (Just below Baltimore, Maryland).
Day 1: March will commence immediately after the Rally. The march will begin outside Baltimore on January 4th at 10AM in Savage Maryland (intersection of Route 32 and Route 1). We will march down Route 1 to College Park.
Day 2: January 5th picks up the march at the intersection of Route 1 and Cherry Hill Road in College Park, at 10:00 A.M., and we march to Washington, D.C.
Day 3:January 6th. Begins at 10:30 a.m. at Lincoln Memorial. We march to Capitol Hill for 12:00 noon Defense of Democracy Rally and Vigil.
Cost: Day marchers, no charge. Multi-day marchers: $50 for camping, breakfasts, and dinners. (Bring sleeping bag and money for lunches and carfare on Metro.). Will follow Route 1, ending at the Federal Capitol in Washington DC for the Rally in Defense of Democracy on January 6th.
Wednesday, June 5th, 7:00 P.M.
Save our Votes Tent Revival. Cherry Hill Park campground. Donations appreciated.
Accommodations: We are going to stay in a heated tent at a beautiful campground right outside of DC. They have hot showers, meeting rooms and a cantina. It is Cherry Hill Park www.cherryhillpark.com. So people should be very comfortable. "
We need as many people as possible to join us the morning of the 6th and march the last 2 to 3 miles to the Upper Senate Park, where we will join the Defend Democracy Rally and Vigil on the west side of the Capital at 12:00 Noon.
Here are some details of the planned march:
We will provide a large heated event tent for the overnight campers, as well as other necessities. We welcome any and all marchers, you may march as little or as long as you would like. People may choose to march during the day and make their own arrangements at night, camping is not required to participate in the march. Even if you only march for one day or one hour, we need you to help us fight for our democracy.
If you can't join the march on January 4th and 5th, please join us on the morning of the 6th and march to the Capital and take part in the rally planned there. We need to show strength in our numbers to encourage our representatives to fully investigate this election and to fight for total election reform.
We hope this will grow to be a very large group by the time we reach the Capital, just as it did in 1965 in Montgomery. This re-enactment could be a spotlight on the sham of an election held on Nov 2nd, 2004.
Please see http://www.51capitalmarch.com/index.html for more details. We hope you can join us and make history! Details will be provided on the message board: http://www.51capitalmarch.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=marchonwashington
To contribute financially to "Save Our Votes" March, via Paypal: http://www.51capitalmarch.com/index.html
For any questions, contact