“Basically, there are more seats added to the table. We see that the black American struggle is similar to the undocumented struggle to the LGBTQ community’s struggle,” said Sandra Khalifa, an organizer with Florida’s Dream Defenders who traveled to North Carolina for the march.
She added, “It has the potential to be even more powerful because it’s so many more voices screaming ‘we need justice.’ ”
As more groups are at the civil rights table, the list of issues being discussed has broadened as well. Freedom of equal education, labor rights, prison reform and health care are on the agenda, but voting rights has become a unifier of many, who then organize to understand their connection on a larger, societywide level.
“The struggle has ebbs and flows based on the context of the attack,” said Barber. “It is the attacks that make us reach for a better place in our song because we see our rights being rolled back, and so we fight to push our own rights forward and defend them together.”
Amity Paye has written for various publications, including the Amsterdam News and Time Out New York.