Merkley Calls for Fairness and Equality at NAACP Journey for Justice March in Selma, Alabama this weekend

WASHINGTON, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley participated in the NAACP’s America’s Journey for Justice march this past weekend that started in Selma, Alabama and ends in Washington, D.C. Over the weekend, Senator Merkley joined the participants to march for 38 miles to call for economic fairness, education reform, criminal justice reform and voting rights.

“I spent this past weekend in Alabama to join America’s Journey for Justice to protect the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education,” said Senator Merkley. “The time has come for us as a nation to close these persistent gaps – to be bolder and better in ensuring full rights and full equality for ALL of our citizens. Together, mile after mile, step by step, let’s balance the scales of justice and opportunity; let’s roll back poverty and the roadblocks to opportunity; and let’s extend the full promise of America to every American.”

With Cornell Brooks, President & CEO of the NAACP

Led by NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, America’s Journey for Justice – an historic 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, DC – is mobilizing activists and advancing a focused national policy agenda on fairness and equality. America’s Journey for Justice began on August 1st to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.