I met a fellow organizer at a diner yesterday to nail down the logistics of filling another bus from NJ for the (hopefully) historic March for Voting Rights on August 28th in DC (events will be held in other cities so fear not my further away sisters and brothers). It’s not difficult to organize buses but in Covid times, it makes it a little more challenging as you want to transport as many people as possible while keeping everyone safe. While we were discussing keeping pods of some people together while separating others, my friend said “it would be nice if more white people came.” She went on to say that she hoped that this time it would look more like the racial makeup of America rather than last year when it was majority POC. I’m white and it broke my heart. She wasn’t putting pressure on me, just thinking out loud but yet I feel it, that internal pressure that just keeps building because you know the equation isn’t balanced and try as you might, you can’t find/get parity.
Like many people on this site, I try to do what I can but we all have other stuff in our lives that can get in the way and people are tired. People have been fighting for justice since the beginning of our time here on Mother Earth and some will be fighting for justice long after I am gone. We are making progress, but I also think that if we are unable to get Congress to pass national voter protection laws, making any kind of progress (social, economic, environmental,) is going to be made a lot more difficult. I have commented on a couple of other posts here but thought a short diary asking for people to join us in DC or anywhere else more achievable on the 28th couldn’t hurt so please try to join us. As Arndrea King said recently, “if you have always, growing up, wondered if you would have marched with Martin Luther King Jr.,” then I guess this is the time to finally answer that question. Please help spread the world and as usual, fare thee well.