(DETROIT) – Last night 13 people were shot in Chicago in 30 minutes and a total of 19 were shot. August 24th , a disgruntled employee opened fire in front of New York’s Empire State Building.
On Friday morning D. Alexander Bullock eulogized 24-year-old Shavon Davis, a Detroit mother and member of his church who was caught in the crossfire of stray bullets last week and shot in the head.
Rainbow PUSH Michigan will commence its national Crusade for America Parent and Youth March on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at NOON. The march will begin with speakers and performances at Highland Park’s McGregor Library located at 12244 Woodward Ave., Highland Park, MI 48203.
The march will head north to just across 8 Mile Rd. and end at Oppenheimer Memorial Park located at 750 St. Louis St., Ferndale, MI 48220. The march kicks off the beginning of an urban peace movement that Rainbow PUSH Michigan is creating in communities across America. Small actions will be held in cities across the country for those unable to make it to Detroit.
“Tomorrow we remember the powerful vision of Dr. King’s I Have A Dream speech. It is a vision of freedom, full employment and nonviolence. His dream compels us to start a nationwide crusade for America. A crusade to protect our freedoms, end poverty, fight racial injustice, curb violence, demand urban divestment, and defeat voter suppression.
This Crusade for America will connect people from across the country who face the same issues, but desire a true change from policymakers. Tomorrow we march for those in Chicago, New York, Shavon and all others who have been shot and/or killed due to the rising tide of violence that we are seeing,” said D. Alexander Bullock.
Rainbow PUSH Michigan held several mobilization efforts centered around August 25th to get the word out. Events included a funeral for democracy last Memorial Day, a father’s day weekend initiative which included calling on Detroit Mayor Dave Bing to increase public safety funding, a prayer vigil at a local gun shop and organized affiliates around the country to hold prayer vigils in the wake of the Aurora, Colo. shooting.
The next phase of the Crusade for America will focus heavy on Congress and reviving the ban on assault weapons after they return from their August recess for the lameduck session.
This national march will focus on emergency reinvestment, economic recovery in urban America, the expansion of employment, educational opportunities for youth and returning citizens, the protection of our voting rights, reviving the ban on assault weapons, zero tolerance school expulsion and truancy policies, and the racial divide in America.
Speakers and performers at the Crusade for America Parent and Youth March include Cindy Estrada (Vice President, UAW), Christos Michalakis (President, Metro Detroit AFL-CIO), Donnell White (Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP) Yo-Yo (Hip Hop Artist), French Dukettes Step Team, the Honorable Tim Greimel (Michigan House of Representatives), Oak Park High School Marching Band and the Honorable DeAndre Windom (Mayor, City of Highland Park).
The march will feature peace and justice workshops, music, art, direct action trainings and a job fair. Much more than a march, Crusade for America is a movement!
Members of the press should arrive at McGregor Library no later than 11:30 a.m. Please call the contact listed in order to be escorted to the staging/platform area on August 25, 2012 to set up in the press area.
PARTNERS IN THE CRUSADE
Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice
The Michigan Citizen
Greater St. Matthew Baptist Chuch
My Brothers Keeper Inc.
Highland Park NAACP
SCREAM Youth Empowerment Ministries
The Moon Ministry
Bethel Temple Baptist Church
WDRJ AM 1440
Black Women’s Democratic Caucus of Muskegon, Mich
Voices Not Heard
First Shift with Tony Trupiano
To schedule an interview with D. Alexander Bullock prior to the march please call the contact listed.
Contact: DaVonne Darby
Rainbow PUSH MI is an affiliate of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international membership organization fighting for social change. Our mission is to protect, defend, and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields, and to promote peace and justice around the world.