Damp protesters were clad in black as Rev. Al Sharpton led an anti-Trump march Jan. 14 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument in Washington D.C.
The march, named ‘We Shall Not Be Moved,’ attracted about 2,000 people from around the country fighting for civil rights as our country’s government shifts on Inauguration day on Saturday.
Through the pouring winter rain, Rev. Al Sharpton’s voice could be heard reverberating outside the monument, along with other guest speakers including shooting victim Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, the mother of victim Eric Garner, Gwen Carr, and brother of victim Walter Scott.
“Today we will not be fooled!” Sharpton said. “We work with the families that have suffered. We’ve been with Sybrina from the beginning and still am. We’ve been with Eric Garner and still am. We’ve been with Walter Scott and we’re going to be there until the end.”
Among people who were fighting for their voices to be heard within civil rights, other groups, such as the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), were fighting for rights that were more specific.
“I am revolutionary,” protester Evon Lee said. “I’ve been one since the age of 12. Democracy needs to work for everyone. It's not about a color, not about a class; we are all human beings and we have the right to live in low income housing.”
The group representing NYCHA’s mission was to get the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, to realize that low income citizens can’t afford the minimum cost of housing, around $30,000, Lee said.
Another group from the 20th district New York State Senator, Jesse Hamilton’s office, was lobbying for the rights of New York citizens, focusing on issues including women’s rights and the overpopulation of New York prisons with young children.
“We want to stand for what is right especially for people who do not have health care,” said Dr. Santino, a protester with the Hamilton group. “We have housing issues. We have the young children incarcerated when they were not of age. We want to look at the elders and how they are put out of their housing and put into shelters. We want to be heard and understood.”
Rhea Smith, Director of Special Events at Hamilton's office, said that they are fighting for the President-Elect Donald Trump to hear their mission and to do something about it.
“We’re here today to ensure that the policies and principles set forth by our elders in civil rights movements as well as the current administration are upheld,” Smith said. “Also that we are taken seriously with these new appointments with the president-elect. We’re working as much as we can to ensure that our youth and seniors, children and families are all taken seriously and are just as important as anyone else’s.”
As the rain started to come down like cold needles, the crowd started thinning out.
Though the majority of the crowd wasn’t swayed as they held their posters, even as the ink began to bleed.
As the rain continued, so did Sharpton. Speaking about Korey Weiss, who was wrongly convicted of a rape crime and was in prison for 13 years in the famous ‘Central Park Five’ case.
“Korey Weiss is one of the men that Donald Trump said should be executed,” Sharpton said. “We marched for him. We stood for him. He went to jail for something he didn’t do. We know how to fight Trump. Korey Weiss is an example of how we’re going to fight.”