Harry Belafonte Photo by Britta Pedersen
Harry Belafonte will join the Justice League NYC for its “March 2 Justice” event later this month. On April 13, members and supporters of the organization will engage in a 250-mile walk to deliver the Justice Package to Congress.
The Justice Package is calling for three new pieces of federal legislation: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), the End Racial Profiling Act and the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act.
Marchers will journey through five states until they reach their final stop in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, April 21. Organizers are planning to gather in Newark, New Jersey; Philadelphia; Lincoln University in Pennsylvania; and Baltimore as part of the March2Justice.
Their messages states, “We march for all the lives lost to police violence, we march to end racial profiling, to demilitarize our police forces, and to demand meaningful investment in our youth and communities.” After a tumultuous year that saw the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and others spark national dialogue and protests about the current state of racism in America, the message is as relevant as ever.
Elected officials will also join civil rights activist Belafonte and George Gresham, president of labor union group 1199SEIU, in supporting justice and equality.