[ View the story "Whose march?" on Storify] Whose march? Twitter users protest the decision to cut youth leaders from the March on Washington anniversary event.
AJAMStream· Thu, Aug 29 2013 13:46:34
So @campoSOFIA of @unitedwedream and @PhilUnchained of @dreamdefenders WERE actually *cut* from the #MOW50 speakers roster? #LeSighCedric Lawson
@cedsaidso yes, and we are still wondering why #mow50UnitedWeDream.org
The Dream Defenders are the youth organizers who staged a sit-in at the Florida Capitol to protest '
Stand Your Ground
' laws after the
Trayvon Martin verdict
. United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the U.S.
Thank you @dreamdefenders and @unitedwedream for being willing to speak for our generation #mow50 #OurMarch #GenALLOlivia Chow
Agnew and Campos shared the speeches they would have given online.
Two Minutes - #OurMarchuweuSCHsmI7yubkFVohjDQ
Voices You Should Have Heard: Sofia Camposchildrensdefense
Twitter users expressed anger over the decision to cut the youth leaders.
.@RedEyesPage And was it really necessary to listen to the Ambassador to Japan instead of the @Dreamdefenders @PhilUnchained? No, it wasn't.Aura Bogado
Tired of talks about youth being the future & then being denied the platform to move this country. @Dreamdefenders @UNITEDWEDREAM #OurMarchUYC
How do they expect the dream to live if they silence those keeping it alive? We must be UNITED and SUPPORT eachother #passthemic #ourmarchissis alvarez
During Pres Obama's African tour he met w youth groups in Senegal & South Africa, is he meeting w youth in the US? #OurMarchJ.A.B.
The Dream Defenders used the hastag
to start a conversation about youth involvement in the civil rights movement.
@UNITEDWEDREAM & @campoSOFIA - join us in using #OurMarch along w #MarchOn - let's have our OWN discussion about what today means for us.The Dream Defenders
They might not have a mic, but they have the power @Dreamdefenders @UNITEDWEDREAM #ourmarch #marchon #powertotheyouth http://twitter.com/Alana_Greer/status/372789384874975232/photo/1Alana Greer
Young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow, we are the leaders of TODAY! #MOW50 #MarchOn #OurMarch @Dreamdefenders @UNITEDWEDREAMGregory A. Cendana
Let the elders have their day. The future belongs to us. Its our time to carry the dream to victory @Dreamdefenders @UNITEDWEDREAM #OurMarchMichael Corleone
They also invited others to share speeches they would have given at the March.
.@PhilUnchained & @campoSOFIA couldnt have given voice to an entire gen in 2 mins. Record your own #OurMarch #MarchOn http://twitter.com/Dreamdefenders/status/373098458455883776/photo/1The Dream Defenders
Our generation is searching for the dream still deferred. Tell America, what's your dream? What do you march for? Record & post w #OurMarchIsabelle Nastasia
Alayna Eagle Shield, a member of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation who was also slated to speak but
from the ceremony, shared her speech:
Alayna Eagle Shield, cut from yesterday's #MOW50, speaks on what the #Dream means for her & her people: http://bit.ly/14btfjg #OurMarchChildrensDefenseFund
Voices You Should Have Heard: Alayna Eagle Shieldchildrensdefense
Some called for youth to organize into a #MillionMillennialMarch.
We need a #MillionMillennialMarch. It is up to us to build something. Sign: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cNLAgDDg_r5W-kIABTxbkLizA4e-gGWm2J5YQUWar7M/viewform#start=openformDante Barry
We need a #millionmillennialmarch because we get #stopandfrisked but not #seenandheardTerrance
We're in too! @MillionHoodies @Dreamdefenders @BYP_100 @adv_project #ourmarch #millionmillennialmarch - http://twitter.com/ActivistGenYers/status/372830574588616704/photo/1Activist Millennials
There was a similar incident at the 1963 March on Washington, when women organizers such as
were kept from speaking.
By the time Richardson arrived to the stage with Rustin, her chair with her name on it had been removed. "Lena Horne and Josephine Baker said, 'They took your chair away. You need to raise hell.' " The indignities didn't end there. Though Richardson had specifically been invited to give two-minute remarks, she recalls that when her name was called and she approached the microphone, "As soon as I said 'hello' the marshal took the mic away."theroot.com