Struggles for Dignity and Freedom

Struggles for Dignity and Freedom

August 17, 2013 rally in front of the White House calling for “immigrant rights.” Photo by: Bill Hughes.
August 17, 2013 rally in front of the White House calling for “immigrant rights.” Photo by: Bill Hughes.

Marvin “Doc” Cheatham on the 2013 March on Washington

On Tuesday evening, August 13, 2013, at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in West Baltimore, I discussed the upcoming “March on Washington” with long-time advocate for social justice, Marvin “Doc” Cheatham. The demonstration is set for Saturday, August, 24th, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The National Action Network (NAN) is the principal organizer of the rally. The Rev. Al Sharpton is its national president. NAN’s local chapter is under the leadership of popular radio host and ex-Maryland State Senator Larry Young. It is strongly pushing for mass participation in the event to “realize the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King.” In addition, a wide coalition of nationally-based Civil Rights, Peace & Justice groups, Labor organizations and Gay & Lesbian advocates, among others, are supporting this important demonstration as part of the ongoing struggle for justice in this country. Doc Cheatham urged the community not to miss this event which is “celebrating and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.”

Unity Rally at White House for Immigrant Rights

On Saturday afternoon, August 17, 2013, at noon, a rally was held in front of the White House calling for “immigrant rights.” The demonstration was initiated by a coalition of women’s social justice organizations in a united front. In their press release, they declared: “We deserve the right to live in dignity and free from the fear of being separated from our families.” I spoke with Ms. Heather Benno, a social justice activist from “Women Organized to Resist and Defend” (WORD), about the reasons for this spirited rally.