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October 14, 2017, 10:00am - October 14, 2017, 12:00pm
March to Dismantle the Legacy of Racism and Build a Community of Peace. We are coming together to Recognize and respond to racismm in the Twin Ports.
We will begin gathering at 9:30 am at the Clayton Jackson Mcghie Memorial (Corner of 2nd avenue East & 1st Street, Downtown Duluth). The march will leave at 10 am and go down to Superior Street and then up to the Civic Center (411 W 1st St, Duluth).
Stay tuned for more details on culture and policy change priorities to come.
Cover Photo credit:
Taken at NAACP Duluth #Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil by Ivy Vainio (photographer)
Feel free to reach out with any questions to the lead organizers of Justice City Coalition and/or join us for organizing meetings every Wednesday night at 6pm at Men as Peacemakers.
Kym Young: (218) 673-6017
Andromeda Doherty Lee: (218) 461-7932
Amy Brooks: (218) 340-3980
Media/Social Media Contacts:
Courtney Cochran: (218) 576-7226
Sean Hayes : (218) 260-3440
National Solidarity March, Washington DC Host: NYAToday
Current Supporting Organizations:
Duluth-Superior Save the Kids
Men As Peacemakers
Superior African Heritage Community
Grandmother's for Peace
Twin Ports Veterans for Peace
YWCA's Stand Against Racism Campaign
Feminist Action Collective
Twin Ports Democratic Socialists of America
Take Action Minnesota
Indivisible 4 Northland
Mighty Indivisible CD 8
Showing Up For Racial Justice Northland (SURJ Northland)
People’s Justice Coalition
Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Inc.
All Black Zine
Anonymous Twin Ports
Feminist Justice League
Lake Superior Ex-Prisoners Organizing
Peace United Church of Christ Dismantling Racism Team
UMD Feminist Consciousness United
Unitarian Universalists Congregation of Duluth's Peace & Justice Committee
Fathers Rise Together
Cross Cultural Alliance of Duluth
East Central Indivisible
Idle No More/Northwoods Wolf Alliance
UMD's Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Lutheran Social Services
Together For Youth
Loaves and Fishes
UW-Superior Dept of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
SOAR Career Solutions
Planned Parenthood Duluth
Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW)
Mending the Sacred Hoop
People of Color with Henry Banks
TransForming Families MN
Asian Women United Minnesota
UMD Queer & Allied Student Union
Men & Masculine Folks Network
Our Revolution Duluth
Duluth Central Labor Body
Workers United Local 99
UMD Commission on Equity, Race and Ethnicity (CERE)
*And many community members not affiliated with a community group.
Community leaders gathered in Duluth with officials from the Montgomery-based nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative to honor three local lynching victims and pledge their alliance with the national effort.
Thank you once again Ivy, for documenting our event so beautifully 🙏🙏🙏 ...
The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc. Board Inc. and the Duluth Branch of the NAACP gathered today together with our community at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial on in Duluth.
At this event, we declared our solidarity with the Equal Justice Initiative of Montgomery, Alabama in their efforts to create a Memorial to Peace and Justice, which will remember the thousands of lives lost to racial terroristic lynchings in the United States.
During this gathering, community leaders spoke and there were performances by community members. Community elders collected the soil from the Memorial which will be sent to Montgomery to represent the lives of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie, where their names will join the all too many others who were murdered by people acting out their racial hatred.
A link where you can read further about the memorial in Alabama and its design: eji.org/national-lynching-memorial
We were joined by two representative of the Equal Justice Initiative. We stood together in unity with them in opposition to racial hatred and oppression and for reconciliation and healing.
Photos by Ivy Vainio, NAACP Communications Chair.
Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc. in collaboration with the Duluth NAACP Soil Collection Ceremony for the Equal Justice Initiative of Montgomery AL and the Memorial to Peace and Justice
Media Contacts: Stephan Witherspoon (218) 310-3987 Heidi Bakk-Hansen (218) 409-5240 Email: email@example.com
Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Inc. and the Duluth Branch of the NAACP invites the community to gather together at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial on Second Avenue East and First Street in Duluth on September 17, at 4pm.
At this event, we will solemnly declare our solidarity with the Equal Justice Initiative of Montgomery, Alabama and its representatives in their efforts to create a Memorial to Peace and Justice, which will remember the thousands of lives lost to racial terroristic lynchings in the United States.
As part of this memorial, the Equal Justice Initiative is collecting soil from lynching sites around the country to be displayed in a museum. During this gathering, we will dig soil from Duluth's Memorial to send to Montgomery to represent the lives of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie, where their names will join the all too many others who were murdered by people acting out their racial hatred.
Representatives from the Equal Justice Initiative are traveling to Duluth to be present for this ceremony, and we will join together as members of our respective organizations and the community to show that we are with them--that as a community we believe a national memorial to victims of racial terrorism is long overdue in our country, and that we stand with them in opposition to racial hatred and oppression and for reconciliation and healing.
The Equal Justice Initiative is a non-profit law organization that provides legal assistance to condemned prisoners, people wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced, children in the criminal justice system, and the mentally ill and disabled facing imprisonment. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, EJI has worked for nearly 30 years, witnessing firsthand how racially-biased mass incarceration contributes to the institutional system of racial inequality.
In 2008, EJI launched a racial history project that aims to recast the eras of slavery, racial terror and Jim Crow segregation using public education materials to foster discussion and “change the narrative” by which Americans understand today’s criminal justice crises.
In February 2015, EJI culminated several years of research and writing with publication of a report entitled, Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror. The report documents more than 4000 lynchings in the twelve states of the former Confederacy from 1877-1950. EJI supplemented this research by documenting racial terror lynchings in eight additional states which accounted for more than 300 racial terror lynchings. The report details how racial terror worked to restore white supremacy after emancipation while fueling the great migration and traumatizing the entire African American community.
The incredible public response spawned EJI's Community Remembrance Project, in which participants help build a large-scale installation and intimately engage with this history by visiting the site of a lynching, learning the details, gathering soil in a jar labeled with the victim's name, then add the jar to an exhibit illustrating the legacy of lynching. The exhibit will be on display starting in 2018 with the opening of the From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration Museum. The museum will open just a mile from the Memorial to Peace and Justice which will be the country's first national memorial to the victims of racial terror lynchings. ...