Friday, January 27, 2017

J'17 ATL --> DC Trip & Womens March

To kick our work in 2017, Atlanta Jobs with Justice organized and lead the J’17 ATL --> DC Young Leaders Unite Trip with 18 young leaders and community members from the Atlanta area. This trip was designed knowing that no matter who won the 2016 Presidential Election that we would need to turn up in DC and show the new administration that we are ready to take action, fight for our rights, and continue marching on a path towards justice with a progressive vision for our nation.

On the first full day in DC and the last day of the Obama Administration, we took our group to the National Museum of African American History & Culture. This was to ground ourselves in the history of our nation to better understand the roots of racial oppression in our nation and what it took for freedom fighters to move our nation forward from the age of slavery to the civil rights movement and then to the election of President Obama.

        

On the second day in DC, AtlantaJwJ hosted a strategy session to discuss our vision for 2017 (outlined below) and to discuss organizing strategies and perspectives on the Atlanta community towards the effort of moving forward on a long term effort of building and achieving a vision for a more just and progressive vision for Atlanta.
On the third day in DC, AtlantaJwJ lead our trip participants to the National Women’s March on DC on the National Mall. There we so many people at the March that it wasn’t possible to hear the speakers, so we provided some excitement and energy in the areas around our group. We lead several chants, played protest music, and got the energy up in the crowd around us.





On our last day in DC, AtlantaJwJ had a closing session and debrief with all our trip participants and then gave them the opportunity to take a walk to see major US Government institutions including the Supreme Court and the US Capitol Building.