AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. addressed the large crowd at the 50th Anniversary March on Washington, commentating the 1963 March when the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to hundreds of thousands of civil rights activists on the national mall about his dreams for equality and economic justice. Busloads of AFGE leaders and members from across the country attended the 50th Anniversary March.
Cox addressed the rally noting that although much progress on civil rights has occurred in the five decades since King exhorted the nation to end legal discrimination, the economic justice that King sought to bring about by joining the struggle for democracy at the ballot box to democracy at the workplace has not been realized.
"The same forces that fought so bitterly and violently against civil rights are behind today's efforts to deny collective bargaining rights and to suppress voting in state after state," Cox said. "We will not let them succeed. Failure is not an option. We must organize so that our movements are too big to fail. Too big to ignore and too big for anyone to even consider taking on."
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