Since Donald Trump became president on Jan. 20, social justice rallies nationwide have escalated.
While his supporters have held rallies, scores of other Americans concerned about inequality, economic justice, poverty and a host of issues affecting working families and communities have taken to U.S. streets.
They’re calling for positive change for as many people as possible.
They’re concerned about federal policies and legislation, administrative changes and budget priorities emanating from Washington, D.C. and how what is unfolding might actually be limiting opportunities, especially with health care, in a country that still has, at least officially, 43 million people in poverty.
Depending on which set of federal data are used, the number of people in poverty is likely higher than official measures.
But solutions that help working families and the poor continue to surface in communities from people most affected by policies. People concerned about social justice, though, know much work lies ahead.
People also are taking their concerns public to social and economic justice marches, town hall meetings and rallies. May Day rallies and marches, at which people called for protecting workers and immigrants, were just on Monday.
Back on Jan. 21, right after Inauguration Day, the Women’s March on Washington and its sister events worldwide attracted millions of participants at an estimated 670 locations.
On April 15, the traditional tax day, people attended rallies and marches, calling on President Trump to release his returns and for more transparency in the U.S. government.
On Earth Day, on April 22, Americans took to the streets in support of science, the planet and communities. At climate marches on April 29, people echoed similar concerns.
Also on April 29, residents in South Los Angeles reflected on the 25th anniversary of the acquittals in the Rodney King beating and the importance of community investment and support in a place they call home.
Given all of these social justice events, Equal Voice News is presenting a selection of images from ones held in recent days.
As Rich Stolz, executive director of OneAmerica, a grassroots social justice organization, observed at Seattle’s May Day rally: People of all backgrounds are calling for respect and dignity in daily life – values that they feel are under assault in 2017.
Or to quote the words on shirts worn by children on April 29 at a South LA rally about the King incident and the future of the area: It’s about “love over hate.”
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