Weâve Marched, Now What?

We’ve Marched, Now What?

After the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Brooke Obie says it's time for people of faith to act

Brooke Obie

by Brooke Obie, September 03, 2013

Weâve Marched, Now What?

The crowd at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

heads in southern states have made it their mission to make it as difficult as possible for minorities to vote – and they are succeeding. It is now up to Congress to pass a new law to restore what the Supreme Court has diluted.  That means we can start by pressuring our members of Congress to get it done.

We’ve got to speak to our members of Congress about raising the debt ceiling to prevent the government from shutting down, federal workers from being furloughed and even more jobs from being lost. We’ve got to put representatives in Congress who will stop funding unnecessary military action in foreign countries and will instead reinvest those funds in our infrastructure here at home, for roads and bridges and to rebuild crumbling schools.  

We must build communities that will invest in and help raise and mentor our children. There is no worthier cause. And we must get involved in local politics: everything from the school board elections that choose what textbooks our children will use to our state elections to prevent legislators from enacting racist laws like “Stand Your Ground” and “Stop and Frisk.” 

We shouldn’t have to wait for another Trayvon Martin before we wake up to the laws our government is passing right under our noses. We don’t have 50 more years to wait and we don’t have any more bodies to spare. To pretend like we do is sin.

As James Baldwin so rightly said over 50 years ago, “The challenge is in the moment. The time is always now.” 

Brooke Obie writes the column “The Spiritual life” and is a contributing editor of EBONY.com. Follow her on Twitter @BrookeObie

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