The Michigan chapter of Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition will be having its national Crusade for America Parent and Youth March this upcoming Saturday, Aug. 25, in Detroit. The march signifies the beginning of an “urban peace movement” that the coalition plans to create in communities across the country. Given the recent rash of violence in Chicago claiming nearly 350 lives this year so far and 220 homicides in Detroit, this movement for peace couldn’t come at a more opportune time.
“It’s a stop the violence, save the vote march,” explains Rev. D. Alexander Bullock, Michigan’s state coordinator for Rainbow PUSH. “We’re trying to reclaim the fervor of the Civil Rights movement, while at the same time redefining it for a new time. I believe in reclaiming the value and promise of the vote as well as rebuilding civic capacity in neighborhoods and communities to stop the violence.”
Reviving the ban on assault weapons, the protection of voting rights, and the expansion of employment are key issues that will be addressed during the demonstration. In addition to the march, there will also be numerous guest speakers, peace and justice workshops, music, art, direct action trainings and a job fair.
“We mainly want to connect with people around the nation,” Bullock says. “Saturday is the beginning of the movement. It is our attempt to find like-minded people around the nation that we can network with.”
The event will begin at noon at Highland Park’s McGregor Library (12244 Woodward Ave., Highland Park, MI 48203) and will then head north to conclude at Oppenheimer Memorial Park (750 St. Louis St., Ferndale, MI 48220).