On the road with the Selma to Montgomery marchers, Andre Natta sends us this from Alabama.
Walking along the freshly paved stretch of U.S. Highway 80 on the road to Montgomery, Shomari Davis, business representative of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 11 in Los Angeles, remarked:
It’s very interesting how 40 years later, we’re fighting for some of the same rights that were originally fought for—fighting for workers’ rights, fighting for the 99 percent, fighting for everybody to do their equal share, against corporate greed.
Yesterday, hundreds of marchers passed through land that is probably among the most scenic of the route. It was appropriate we made our way through farmland as yesterday’s focus was black farmers and health care. We learned about information sessions on the Black Farmers discrimination settlement (currently scheduled through May 11 throughout the southeastern United States).
We ended our day in front of the Viola Liuzzo monument, at mile marker 111 on the eastbound side of U.S. Highway 80. Her senseless death is seen as one of the major reasons the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed.
Liuzzo is buried just outside of Detroit, although the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Women erected a marker in 1991 on the spot where she was murdered along Highway 80. While participants gathered around the monument yesterday at the end of their journey, we learned from Mark Thompson, host of Sirius/XM Radio’s “Make it Plain” (by way of AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker), of the decision by a state judge in Wisconsin to issue a temporary injunction of the state’s voter ID law, meaning it would not be in effect for the upcoming April 3 presidential primaries.
It was a small victory, but one marchers believe could lead to larger ones as they continue on the road to Montgomery.