DC Vote Joins Over 100 Partner Organizations For the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 23rd, 2023

Patrice Snow
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Washington, DC – DC Vote, the nation’s leading advocacy and educational organization dedicated to DC Statehood, along with Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, and Arndrea Waters King today announced more than 100 organizations across racial, cultural and generational lines have joined the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Hundreds of thousands of people have been mobilized in the weeks leading up to the large-scale demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial on this Saturday, August 26th, which will not serve as a commemoration but a continuation of what started in 1963.

“DC Statehood is an issue that crosses intersectional lines including the freedom to vote, the freedom to determine one’s own destiny, racial justice, economic justice, employment discrimination, access to abortion, and the growing assaults on the rights of women, LGBTQ Americans, immigrants, people of color, and democracy,” DC Vote’s Patrice Snow said. “It is sad that some 60 years after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘s call for justice and jobs that we are still fighting for these same rights. DC Vote will be there proudly representing the disenfranchised 700,000 Americans who call Washington, DC home but don’t have full voting rights.”

Newly released data from the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), a partner organization, shows economic conditions are as bad — if not worse — for Black and Brown Americans as they were 60 years ago. The median wealth gap between Black and white households has widened by $40,000 over the last 60 years, from $121,000 in 1963 to $161,000 today. Student debt, which overwhelmingly hits Black Americans harder, is a driving factor for this yawning gap – with limited relief in sight after the Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration’s plan to wipe as much as $20,000 per borrower. This new data comes amid the backdrop of Florida’s relentless attempts to erase Black history from the classroom, as other regions of the country look to follow suit. Gov. Ron DeSantis and state leadership have not relented on a new, warped curriculum promoting a false narrative that Black people benefited from slavery. 

That same Court has peeled back rights on LGBTQ Americans, women, voting rights, and organized Labor in the last decade. All the while, hateful rhetoric has led to violent attacks Black, Brown, Jewish, AAPI and other historically marginalized Americans. All of these alarming issues speak to the dire threats democracy in the United States faces today. 

The pre-program for the event will begin at 8:00 a.m. ET with the main event beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET. Following the program, a march will begin through the streets of the Nation’s Capital, culminating at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

A full list of partners can be found below: 

Advocates for Youth

African American Mayors Association

All Souls Movement

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated

American Federation of Teachers

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)


Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC

Atlas Strategy Group

Austin Justice Coalition

Bayard Rustin Liberation Initiative Inc

Bet Mishpachah, DC’s LGBTQ+ Synagogue

Brown and Gold PAC – Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated

Capitol Ballroom Council, inc.

Center for American Progress

Center for Black Equity

Center for Economic and Policy Research

Center for Reproductive Rights

Central Conference of American Rabbis

Change Administration (Lincoln University of PA Student Government Association)

College Democrats of America

Common Defense

Community Justice

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

DC Vote

Declaration for American Democracy Coalition

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

DemCast USA

Democratic National Committee



ERA Coalition

Everytown For Gun Safety


Family Equality


Generation Ratify


GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)

Good Trouble Think-Tank

Higher Heights for America

Hip Hop Caucus

Human Rights Campaign

In Our Own Voice: National Black Women Reproductive Justice Agenda

Interfaith Voices for Reproductive Justice

Japanese American Citizens League


LatinoJustice PRLDEF

League of Women Voters



NARAL Pro-Choice America

National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP)

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans

National Council of Jewish Women

National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)

National Immigration Law Center

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice

National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund

National Organization for Women (NOW)

National Organization of Concerned Black Men Inc.

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Queer API Alliance (NQAPIA)

National Urban League

National Women’s Law Center

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Next Generation Action Network (NGAN)

OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates

Our Time to Act United

Oxfam America

PFLAG National

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism


Sanctuary of Hope LA/ March 4 Equity


Shaare Tefila Congregation

SisterReach and SisterReach Illinois

SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Southern Poverty Law Center

Stand Up America

Student Debt Crisis Center

Students Learn Students Vote Coalition

The Arc of Justice

The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus

The House of Garcon

The Jews of Color Mishpacha Project

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Phoenix Affect

The TransLatin@ Coalition

The Uniters

The Workers Circle


United by Equity

URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity

Virginia Moms for Change

Voto Latino

We Testify


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated