For the past several weeks people of good will from organizations across the region have joined together, as the MLK D.A.R.E. (Day of Action, Resistance, and Empowerment) coalition, to prepare for our Monday, January 16th “March for a Better America” march and rally. We continue the push for a progressive agenda for the United States in these trying times as we honor and move forward the unfinished business begun by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Below you will find information regarding the details and logistics of our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day march and rally.
March & Rally Details
The “March for a Better America” will begin at the slave quarters on Independence Mall (6th and Market Streets) at 11:30 AM and conclude at historic Mother Bethel AME Church (419 S 6th St. Philadelphia, PA) for an outdoor rally. At the rally – we will unveil our 21st Century Declaration of Rights which calls on politicians, community leaders, and common citizens to support the basic human rights we cherish, such as affordable housing, health care, and quality public education for all.
At this critical time, we cannot just say what we are against but must articulate what we demand. This march kicks off our 100 Days of Faithful Resistance, which will mirror the first hundred days of the new administration. More information on upcoming trainings and demonstrations will be shared in future e-mails.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Saturday, January 14th MLK D.A.R.E. Coalition Planning Meeting
- Sunday, January 15th Non-Violent Direct Action Training
- Monday, January 16th MLK D.A.R.E. “March for a Better America” March and Rally
Social Media Pages and Promotional Material
- MLK D.A.R.E. Coalition 21st Century Declaration of Rights for a Better America
- MLK D.A.R.E. Coalition March and Rally Flyer. More promotional images will be shared in upcoming e-mails. Click here to access JPG version.
- MLK D.A.R.E. Coalition Facebook Page. Please invite friends and family to like our FB page by visiting the page and clicking the “Invite Friends to Like this Page” button on the right hand column.)
- MLK D.A.R.E. Coalition “March for a Better America” Event Page. Please share with friends and family.
- MLK D.A.R.E. Twitter Page. Use #ReclaimMLK when sharing information about the march and rally.
Suggested Tips for Turnout Efforts
We need your help getting thousands out into the streets on January 16th. This goal cannot be met by one person alone or even one sole congregation. Below are suggestions to help you capture the hearts, minds, and attendance commitments of family, friends, and fellow congregants.
“Justice is what love looks like in public”: Ask your clergy to dedicate a sermon to a theme of “God’s Love for His People” that connects the spirit of the MLK D.A.R.E. coalition’s work to the moral call to carry out justice for God’s people, which we all must answer.
Feed and Proceed: Provide an energizing meal to congregants attending the march on January 16th before heading out. We also suggest arranging group transportation prior to January 16th.
Spread Social Media: Share social media pages with friends, family, and personal networks. This will help you expand beyond your congregation’s network, tapping into the people that we work with closely and interact with the most.
If you are interested in further turnout assistance please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a list of POWER members to contact. If you are a lead POWER representative in your congregation, please send an e-mail to email@example.com to confirm your turnout efforts.
Fund the Movement
We welcome all gifts to help continue and expand the work of the MLK D.A.R.E. coalition. Click here to assist with expenses of the march, rally, and the coalition’s ongoing efforts.
- Volunteer: The MLK D.A.R.E. march and rally will require a lot of day-of logistical help and hands on volunteers. Please click here to RSVP if you are willing to offer a hand that day. We will be in contact with you with specifics as we draw closer to January 16th.
- Non-Violent Direct Action Training: 100 Days of Faithful Resistance will kick off with a Non-Violent Direct Action training on January 15th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Second Baptist Church of Germantown. Click here to RSVP so that appropriate accommodations can be made.
Please contact Reverend Mark Tyler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the POWER office at (215) 232-7697.