A New Selma to Montgomery March

On March 7th, 1965, 600 activists for civil rights and freedom began a march from Selma, AL to Montgomery. As they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge they were met by a violent and massive police blockade. Many of the marchers were severely injured giving the event the name "Bloody Sunday." The activists were not deterred, and three days later over 2500 marchers successfully crossed the bridge to advocate for freedom and voting rights.

Today, on March 7th, 2012, thousands of freedom fighters are marching again in Alabama. They expect to arrive in Montgomery on Friday and will rally on the steps of the Capitol to repeal voter ID laws and Alabama's HB56, a strict anti-immigration law. HB56 has been documented as a divisive and harmful bill in the lives of Alabama's communities of color.

Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and Alabama native is repeating history by participating in this new march. He was badly beaten on Bloody Sunday and sees the struggles for human rights in 1965 and in 2012 as one and the same. "Forty-seven years ago I spilled a little blood on that bridge but that was nothing compared to those who died so that we could live in a better America. We march today for what we did 47 years ago -- for what is fair, what is right and for what is just."

Today, I salute the marchers of 1965 and 2012- both courageously taking a stand for a more true and just freedom in the 'land of the free.' Thank you for marching.