Al Sharpton headed to DC ahead of Presidential Inauguration

CYRIL JOSH BARKER | 12/15/2016, 10:20 a.m.
The National Action Network, led by civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton, announced the route for a rally and ...
Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at the National Action Network National Convention Bill Moore photo

The National Action Network, led by civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton, announced the route for a rally and march on MLK weekend Jan. 14, just six days before the presidential inauguration. The 2017 march on Washington will start at the National Sylvan Theater and head to West Potomac Park via Independence Avenue SW and end with a rally across from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Participants will demand accountability not only from President-elect Trump but also from Senate and House members who are charged with overseeing the Criminal Justice Reform Act, the Voting Rights Bill and 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.