Last Tuesday, Project Rise Up, an independent organization, protested the violation of the national holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day by federal officials. The protest claimed that several times, federal judges held court on the holiday, what they called a violation of federal rule 56-c. The small organization, started by average citizens, is based in Georgia but has now extended its ranks to most of the country. THe group held a silent yet visually emphatic protest, with the members dressed in orange prison jumpsuits with duct tape over their mouths. Some members posed as prison guards and also stayed silent, echoing the non-violent ideals of Dr. King Jr. The group protested early in the morning and would hold a candlelight vigil at 7 that night in Love Park. The group will also hold a peaceful march in Washington D.C. on August 27th, commemorating the original march on Washington of 1963. The march is part of the group’s MLK Awareness month, an initiative meant to further promote awareness of Dr. King’s legacy and ideals through peaceful demonstrations and captivating visual protests. The group hopes to accomplish their goals through increased citizen involvement and community education on the subject matter.
For more information, visit: http://www.projectriseup.com/
Group 1, Fairhill