The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Freedom Walk 2023

Jun 26, 2023

Several thousand union members, civil rights activists, family members and supporters gathered on June 24th in Detroit to recognize that the struggle against racism continues. UAW activists from Ohio and Indiana joined marchers from Michigan in this 2023 gathering of people determined to stand together for what is right.

The march down Woodward Avenue that ended at Hart Plaza recognized that it was 60 years ago in Detroit that Martin Luther King, Jr. first delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. When key sections of that speech were played along the march route, participants often shook their head, commenting that so much more remains to be won.

Conversations in this largely working-class crowd raised concern that society is going backwards. Some spoke of the need to fight for the younger generation to have a future. Far from being focused only on a moment in history, a part of this UAW crowd seemed to be prepared for a larger fight in 2023.