A new chapter in civil rights history is being recorded this week, as African-American and Latino civil rights leaders and advocates for the rights of women and workers, including SEIU, join forces at the annual Selma-to-Montgomery march.
SEIU members and leaders from across the U.S., will join thousands of marchers in demanding voting rights and repeal of Alabama's anti-immigrant law HB 56. They will walk across 53 miles of rolling hills from Selma to the state Capitol in Montgomery, echoing the footsteps of the "Bloody Sunday" marches that began on March 7, 1965.
On that day 47 years ago, African American citizens seeking civil rights were assaulted by state troopers and local sheriff's deputies after crossing Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge.
During a rally at the foot of the Pettus Bridge on Sunday, SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina lauded the perseverance of the marchers nearly a half Century ago that led to civil rights victories. Still, the struggle continues, Medina said.
"As our nation becomes more diverse, new obstacles are being erected to keep us from voting. Laws like Alabama HB 56 are being enacted to drive out immigrants and legitimize racial profiling," Medina said. "But like those who marched before us, we will never give up; we will never give up our fight for civil rights and justice for immigrants, voters and workers."