Jun 24, 2013
Tens of thousands of marchers filled Woodward Avenue in Detroit on June 22. The march was meant to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original “I Have a Dream” speech – but the crowd seemed less to be remembering 1963 and more expressing a sense that something needs to be done TODAY to address the attacks working Detroiters face.
The turnout was impressive – perhaps 30,000 – particularly considering that the unions, official cosponsors of the event, did the minimum to publicize it and did not mobilize members to turn out.
The largely working class crowd expressed that 50 years later there is much work to be done in the struggle. Some expressed their opposition to the Detroit Emergency Manager and the sacrifices he demands; some were seeking justice for murder victim Trayvon Martin; some saw the need for unions to begin a generalized fight; and others wanted to fight for funding for education and to keep their schools open.
The marchers saw huge problems that need answers, and were not wanting to accept being told that they must sacrifice more.
They’re absolutely right!