For the fourth straight week, demonstrators will march in a major commercial area demanding "Justice for Michael Brown" and other significant changes in policing practices. On Saturday, September 6, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m. demonstrators will gather at the African American Civil War Memorial for a brief rally before marching down U Street.
Saturday's march and rally will build on all of the past events, bringing together many organizations and individuals. The initial sponsors of the event include the National Black United Front, the ANSWER Coalition, We Act Radio, the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the American Muslim Alliance, as well as independent organizing networks that have sprung up in the wake of Michael Brown's killing.
Saturday's march and rally are specifically demanding the arrest of Officer Darren Wilson, the demilitarization of the police, and the institutionalization of civilian review boards of the police with the right to hire and fire. Further, organizers want a deeper investigation into all police killings in D.C. since 2004.
The Call to Action for Saturday explains: "Residents of the District of Columbia, just like millions around the country recognize that at the root of Ferguson are the social, racial and economic injustices that exist nationwide. They know that Ferguson could really be anywhere and Michael Brown could be any young Black male. According to a report by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, every 28 hours a Black person is killed by a police officer, security, or vigilante in the United States. There is almost complete impunity for the perpetrators of most of these crimes. The political marginalization and racialized poverty that exist in Ferguson are replicated in communities across the country.
"The murder of Michael Brown and the situation in Ferguson can and should be a turning point. Where we finally come to terms with the root causes of these issues, which is White Supremacy and address social deprivation and oppression and the police brutality that comes with it."