On Saturday, August 28, the 58th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic March on Washington, over 100 Hudson Valley residents committed to saving democracy and free elections took part in the March On for Voting Rights in Kingston. The march was part of a nationwide action to demand that legislatures across the country end their push for restrictive voting laws and that Congress pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Restoration Act, which will ensure free, fair access to the ballot for every voter. In addition to Kingston, marches took place in Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and in more than 40 other cities around the country.
The Kingston demonstration convened at Academy Green Park, followed by a march through uptown Kingston.
Local co-sponsors included Indivisible Ulster, Caring Majority, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, NAACP Ellenville, OLOC, Move Forward New York CD19, Olive Action, Ulster Immigrant Defense, Good Work Institute, Seasoned Delicious. Mountain Top Progressives, A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Library, Harambee, Woodstock Immigrant Support Network, Indivisible Columbia NY, Ulster Activists, and Citizen Action.
The national march was co-sponsored by March On, SEIU, National Action Network and the Drum Major Institute, an organization founded by Martin Luther King Jr. and dedicated to the King legacy of addressing racism through peaceful solutions.