March on Washington Anniversary

Burlington, VT, August 28, 2003

Forty years ago today, a quarter of a million Americans peacefully protested the nation's unjust segregationist policies. Those patriots of all races and from all walks of life joined together on the Washington Mall to change their country and fight for basic civil rights and equal rights for all Americans. They listened as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., outlined his vision for an America where people were judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.

Today, Dr. King's dream is being attacked by an administration that seeks to unravel the decades of improvements made on civil rights and gaining equal rights for all Americans. Our civil liberties are under assault, our moral role in the world has been compromised, and we've seen progress on issues like the civil rights and the environment reversed by an administration that seeks to divide us once again by race, gender, sexual orientation, and income. Just as those 1963 marchers changed the course of the country, we must today take another stand to set right the course of American society. We can take our country back, and, as Dr. King said, we must let freedom ring.

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