National Action Network, civil rights groups to hold rally in Washington ahead of presidential inauguration

AmNews Staff Reports | 12/12/2016, 3:24 p.m.
In the days leading up to the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, a coalition of civil rights groups, activists, unions ...
Washington, D.C.

National Action Network (NAN), led by civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, announces the route for a rally and march on MLK weekend, just six days before the presidential inauguration.

The 2017 march on Washington will take place on Jan. 14 and will start at the National Sylvan Theater and lead to West Potomac Park via Independence Ave. SW and end with a rally across from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton

Participants will demand accountability not just from President-elect Trump but from Senate and Congress members who are charged with overseeing the Criminal Justice Reform Act, the Voting Rights Bill, Supreme Court nominations and other Trump political appointments. The movement, #WeShallNotBeMoved, aims to send a clear message to elected officials about the continuing fight for equal rights and justice.

The four top concerns are: police reform and mass incarceration for low-level, nonviolent crimes, stop and frisk, keeping the Affordable Care Act and climate change.

“The 2017 march will bring all people together to insist on change and accountability,” said Sharpton. “Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle for civil rights didn’t end with his death, it’s a fight we take on each day. The political players may change but our goals stay the same. Donald Trump and his administration need to hear our voice and our concerns.”