New March for Voting and Immigrant Rights Commemorates Historic Selma-Montgomery March, "Bloody Sunday"
(Video via CNN)
Forty-seven years ago, civil rights marchers on the way from Selma to Montgomery were clubbed and beaten in a police riot on a bridge before they left Selma.
This week, marchers concerned about the erosion of voting rights act and immigrants' rights in these Southern states are taking to that historic route again to stand up for the discriminated against and the disenfranchised. As CNN reports: "Two days after NAACP President Ben Jealous -- along with organizer the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson -- were joined by thousands of people, both young and old, to mark the 47th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, their journey through Alabama continues."
These new marchers are from a broad coalition including unions and civil rights groups concerned about Alabama's racist anti-immigration laws and the country's new provisions for Voter IDS that are stripping people's ability to exercise their fundamental right to vote.
The police also fired tear gas at the crowd and charged on horseback. More than 50 demonstrators were injured. The Times described a makeshift hospital near the local church: “Negroes lay on the floors and chairs, many weeping and moaning. A girl in red slacks was carried from the house screaming.” Amelia Boynton lay semiconscious on a table. “From the hospital came a report that the victims had suffered fractures of ribs, heads, arms and legs, in addition to cuts and bruises.”
Read more about the current march at the AFL-CIO's website (full disclosure: I sometimes blog for the AFL-CIO).