The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Today I walked with thousands of people from all over the country along a route filled with historical landmarks and present-day reminders of economic, racial and systemic injustice; -thinking of how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go. It was fifty years later, to the day, of the March on Washington in 1963. The main stretch of the 1.6 mile route took us down Constitution Avenue past the Dept. of Labor, the U.S. Courthouse, the Federal Trade Commission and the Dept. of (what passes for) Justice.
Students from a local D.C. school led the way.
At the head of the march was a group of students from the Washington Dupont Park Adventist School. It must have been quite an extraordinary day for them. Perhaps some of them will attend the one fifty years from now, much like the people they were marching right in front of. For, walking behind them, and perhaps just a tad slower than they had in 1963, was a line of seniors, arms linked, who had all been to the original march fifty years ago as children, college students, young adults and organizers. They braved the stormy skies and once again commanded Constitution Avenue; there for each other, there for those who could not be there. There for those who would come after. A sea of umbrellas and conversations followed, as the numbers packed the westbound lanes and spilled across the sidewalks.
Veterans of the 1963 March; up front in 2013.
While I’m still in shock that we have at least two senators that actually ‘get it’, it’s still depressing that we have more than seventy (I’m simply being kind) who don’t. Throw in several generations of industry insiders taking over regulatory roles, embedded corporatists throughout our judicial system, news agencies and government, and it’s a wonder that government hearings on accountability even happen.
Three buildings, three states of being…
top to bottom: multi-lingual ‘peace’ balconies, Washington, DC, 2012; a hollow facade nearby; the Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands, est. 1913.
The building in the top photo had multi-lingual Peace banners up, but just for the holidays; they were gone by late January. The building in the middle pic makes it seem like there’s a continuous row of dwellings and storefronts down the street, but it’s really just a hollowed shell masking the fact that it’s a decrepit empty lot. The photo at the bottom is the Peace Palace at Den Haag in the Netherlands. It’s almost 100 years old, but given our modern world leaders and ex-leaders roaming the globe, I’d guess it’s got a lot of vacancies.
So it’s an interesting contrast between the three of them as to which building fulfills its purpose best; with the first two winning from a marketing perspective, and the latter winning in terms of its original purpose.