(COMMON DREAMS) Rachel Rye ButlerÂ âÂ 860 miles. Thatâs the distance that marchers with Americaâs Journey for Justice are traveling this summerâand thereâs a major movement traveling alongside them.
Our allies at theÂ NAACPâalong with theÂ Democracy Initiative, the Sierra Club and many othersâareÂ marching from Selma, Alabama to Washington, DC as part of theÂ Journey for Justice. This week, the march comes to North Carolina, where residents have been fighting hard for voting rights to fulfill our countryâs promise of democracy.
When Greenpeace started the Democracy Initiative three years ago alongside the Sierra Club, NAACP and Communications Workers of America, we had a clear purpose. We knew that our ability to make any progress on protecting the environmentâor social justice, voting rights and other critical issuesâis in serious jeopardy with corporate influence in our democracy at an all-time high.
The Journey for Justice is much more than a march, itâs a movement to restore our democracy. Along the way, there are rallies and teach-ins, engaging communities on voting rights, economic inequality, the environment and more. This week, the march moves through North Carolina, where weâll be shining a spotlight on the connections between a healthy democracy and a healthy environment.