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Thousands march for jobs and civil rights 50 years on

Issue No. 2368

Up to 100,000 people joined the March on Washington on Saturday of last week.

It was to mark 50 years since Martin Luther King’s march, where he gave his “I have a dream” speech .

Black establishment figures spoke from the platform, including Attorney General Eric Holder. He is responsible for the prison system that disproportionately imprisons black people. 

Yet the march itself was more radical. Many carried placards demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot by a white vigilante. Trayvon’s mother Sybrina Fulton was on the march (pictured). 

Unions worked with the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) to build the event. Many workers marched in union blocks with matching T-shirts.

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