Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Justice or Else rally takes place Saturday, Oct. 10 in Washington D.C. The upcoming rally marks the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.
Twenty years ago, more than one million African-American men gathered in the nation’s capital for a day of atonement on Oct. 16, 1995. Thousands are expected to attend this year’s event centered around social justice.
It was approximately three weeks ago when Min. Farrakhan said on TV One’s NewsOne Now that the first issue to be addressed at the Justice or Else rally is a call for a boycott of Christmas.
The leader of the Nation of Islam told host Roland Martin:
“We intend to boycott Christmas, but not Jesus,” said Farrakhan. “So on Black Friday, we won’t be there.”
Farrakhan’s call for a boycott asked African-Americans not to spend their money on material goods during the holiday shopping season in an attempt to “pull that money out of the economy.”
Friday morning on TV One’s NewsOne Now, Rev. Willie Wilson, Ph.D, Co-convener of the Justice or Else rally, joined Martin to discuss Saturday’s rally detailing the event’s agenda.
Rev. Wilson told host Roland Martin the event begins a 7AM ET.
“We’re not coming to beg, this is not a celebration, this is not a joy trip.” He added this time around, those in attendance are coming to “make a demand” on the United States government.
Wilson explained that Justice or Else plans to address the violence plaguing the African-American community with a “two-pronged approach:” one confronting police killings of African-Americans, and another, inter-community violence.
He continued, “We have strategies and plans to address many of the issues, but we’re challenging the government in a country that speaks of fairness and justice and equality to, in fact, flesh that out in terms of what it does.”
Wilson told Martin that the Justice or Else rally will also be composed of representatives from nearly 40 Native American tribes, along with representatives from the Latino community. Rev. Wilson said women’s justice, judicial justice, educational justice, Latino justice, as well as Native American justice will be addressed tomorrow.
Watch Roland Martin; Rev. Willie Wilson, Ph.D; Jamira Burley, Senior Campaigner, Amnesty International USA; and Tiffany Loftin, Campaign Strategist/Former USSA President, discuss the Justice or Else rally in the video clip above.
Million Man March: 20 Years Later | A NewsOne Now Primetime Special
The evening’s programming, presented by Roland Martin, will feature a one-hour NewsOne Now primetime roundtable special at 9:30/8:30c on TV One.
Jeb Bush Says He Would Not Reauthorize The Voting Rights Act
In a recent interview withTIME Magazine, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said he would not reinstate the key component of the Voting Rights Act gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013 if he became president.
During his TIME Magazine interview, Bush is quoted as saying:
“… restoring this automatic pre-clearance process designed for an era of the 1960s is not relevant to 2015…The rest of the Voting Rights Act has an important role to play.”
“There’s been dramatic improvement in access to voting,” he said, adding, “I don’t think there’s a role for the federal government in play in most places — there could be some — but in most places where they did have a constructive role in the ′60s.”
On Friday, Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now panel discussed Bush’s comments about not reinstating Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act if elected to the highest office in the land.
NewsOne Now panelist Tiffany Loftin, Campaign Strategist and Former USSA President, feels that Bush is playing a “political game.”
While Bush touts the “dramatic improvement in access to voting,” Martin offered the caveat of “there is a reason you’ve seen dramatic turnouts, there is a reason you’ve seen large numbers — it’s because you have pre-clearance, because you have the federal government offering oversight, saying to Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Georgia, and others that we’re watching you and what you do” as it relates to access to the ballot.
Martin reminded viewers that as soon as the Supreme Court threw out Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, “North Carolina passed one of the most onerous voter suppression laws in the country. Texas moved [their efforts to pass legislation] quickly, and you see what is happening in Alabama.”
Martin added, “It’s as if you (Jeb Bush) don’t understand there was a reason why you had progress.”
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.