Everyday is Selma: SMA Delegation Converges in Alabama for 50th Anniversary

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Everyday is Selma: No One is Free Until Everyone is Free

​In 1965, Tuskegee students paused at the apex of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and said a silent prayer for Willie Edwards, a 24 year-old Black man who had been thrown into the Alabama River by the Klan eight years before.

In 2015, a new generation of Southern freedom movement fighters will walk that same bridge in Selma and pause to remember the many lives that have been lost to racist state violence in the last few years – Mike Brown, Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, Islan Nettles, Rekia Boyd. We remember Ernesto Javier Canepa Diaz who was killed by police on the border and the thousands more that have suffered from deportations, harassment in high schools, unsafe communities, and mass incarceration.

The Southern Freedom Movement converges in Selma this weekend, March 7-9, 2015 to recognize that the fight for voting rights is a fight for political power. We recognize the danger and strength of claiming our political power in a moment when institutions are telling us that murder, disenfranchisement, and economic displacement are allowable, legitimate, and justifiable. We name state violence as the cause of our people’s suffering through both neglect and direct proliferation of the many atrocities that occur in the lives of our people.

Everyday is Bloody Sunday. Glory Kilanko, founder and director of Women Watch Afrika made that statement on a recent weekly call with Southern movement leaders. Our international delegation of over 50 people from 15 organizations and 6 Southern states represents Black communities, youth, elders, families, Muslim & Latino immigrants, LGBTQ communities, and formerly incarcerated people.

On this historic weekend and on this historic site, we recognize the forced removal of indigenous people from this land, Bloody Sunday, the March to Montgomery that followed, the powerful resistance of youth movements, and the legacy of ordinary people, then and now, fighting for extraordinary demands to live full, productive, and dignified lives.

Everyday is Bloody Sunday: No One is Free Until Every One is Free

We’re Online!
Whether you can join us in Selma, or want to watch at home, be sure to follow these events and more by checking the following social media outlets for up-to-date happenings on the ground this weekend!

Hashtags:
#SelmaisNow
#SouthernPeoplesPower
#RememberResistance

Twitter: @projectsouth

FB: Southern Movement Alliance

Ustream: Southern Movement Assembly

For more communication from the Southern Movement Assembly & to find out how to get involved, sign up here!

Where We’ll Be!
Coming to Selma but not sure what to attend? Here’s a few options recommended by the Southern Movement Assembly delegation!

Saturday:
12-2pm Southern People’s Initiative at First Baptist Church, Selma
5-8pm Community Dinner at New Selmont Church, 215 Selmont Ave. Selma, AL

Sunday:
12pm: Lineup for the action & Backwards March on the Montgomery-side of the Edmund Pettus Bridge

The More You Know: Alabama’s People’s History
Be sure to read more of the people’s history of Alabama by checking out the following:

Montgomery Advertiser article that celebrates SNCC and Student Movements in Alabama from 1965

“This should not be a celebration; it should be an observance of what happened in 1965 – and that which preceded it to make it possible, and that which happened afterward to carry it forward.” Gwen Patton, 2015, USA Today

People’s History about Willie Edwards told by Gwen Patton, SNCC veteran and Project South founder

Celebrating local leadership in Selma

Rev. Kenneth Glasgow wins historic victory in Alabama for voting rights

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