People's March for Truth and Transparency
Start: Thursday, May 11, 2017•11:00 AM
End: Saturday, May 13, 2017• 2:00 PM
CADMAN PLAZA (this is in Brooklyn) 11 a.m.
IMPORTANT: As previously discussed, the STUDENTS have taken the lead in this march. This is their FINAL changes which include merging with Next Generation NOW (fomrerly Children's March). Exciting news! Over 1200 attending and Congressperson Paul Tonko among the speakers.
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On Saturday, May 13th in New York City from 11am-2pm students and their allies are invited to protest in support of the fundamental democratic pillars of truth and transparency alongside the Next Generation Now March.
As this evolved, a group of HS students contacted us and wanted to be involved. As things progressed, another students march grew HUGE and they asked us, and then merged with that march! So now essentially we are support for a thousand KIDS!
NEXT GENERATION NOW
The rally will kick off at 11a with a set from several students from the Blue Balloon Songwriting School. At 11:40 we'll hear from two speakers who, as children, marched in the 1963 Children's Crusade that will talk about the impact children have had and can continue to have on government. Then we'll hear from our first three young activists. They'll be followed by Congressman Paul Tonko and Melt The Band who will perform around 12:30. Six more young speakers will take the main stage before we share in a moment of silence as a show of unity - and then the march will begin at 1:35. Urban Cowboy and family entertainer, Hopalong Andrewwill take the main stage once the march begins for anyone hanging back or waiting their turn to march. The rally will be MC'd by three teens from NYCLU's Teen Activist Program. Please see www.medium.com/nextgenerationnow for speaker bios.
We are honored that two participants in the 1963 Children's March and Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama, Melvin Todd and Janice Nixon, have agreed to come speak at the rally on May 13. Melvin and Janice will speak about growing up in the heart of the Jim Crow south, what they and their families went through leading up to the events of 1963--the Children's Crusade was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement--as well as the lives of activism that followed.
We'll be gathering at the north end of Cadman Plaza at the William Jay Gaynor Memorial at 11a, Saturday, May 13th. Twelve area social justice organizations will be there sharing information and providing family-friendly activities to raise awareness and get the young people sharing ideas. Student-run soap box stations will also be open for young people to come and speak their mind. The line-up of speakers includes cause-committed youth as young as 8 and as old as 17, in addition to two 1963 Children's Crusade participants that will talk about the impact children have had and can continue to have on government.
This event will take place rain or shine! Bring a picnic blanket - and maybe an umbrella!
On Saturday, please make sure you bring water, make effort to keep language and tone family friendly, show respect for different viewpoints, and properly dispose of any garbage. Attendees are welcome to bring food. Additionally, there will be a wheelchair accessible porta-potty available and the rally itself is wheelchair accessible.
We recommend using mass transit if at all possible. Cadman Plaza is accessible from the A/C/F/2/3/4/5/6/R. There is street parking in the neighborhood, where available, and several parking garages in the vicinity for those who need to drive.
In an America threatened by "alternative facts" and "fake news" we must stand together and reject the idea that facts are relative and that truth is malleable.
Protest Mission Statement:
Democracy relies on a well-informed populace. We demand that both our government and the press provide an accurate account of the work of the Trump administration. We demand accountability from our elected and appointed government officials. We demand truth and transparency.
This event is organized by Students Standing for Truth and Transparency.
Learn more at stopthewaronfacts.org and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.