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CAIR to Join Other Civil Rights Groups for “GOOD TROUBLE RALLY” at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

CAIR, Until Freedom, The Gathering for Justice, Color of Change, Black Voters Matter and dozens of organizations to convene major rally at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2021  

(WASHINGTON, DC)—The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, plans to join other national civil rights organizations, including Black Voters Matter, The Gathering for Justice, Until Freedom, Color of Change, to host a historic rally in Washington, DC for the 58th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. 

On Saturday, August 28th, the same organizations plan to convene thousands at the Lincoln Memorial for the “Make Good Trouble” Rally, featuring notable speakers and advocating for various policy issues. Media is encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible.  

“CAIR encourages the American Muslim community to join other Americans at the Good Trouble Rally to remember the historic March on Washington and encourage Congress to protect and uphold voting rights, among other important policy issues,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad

WHAT: Make Good Trouble Rally  
WHEN: Saturday, August 28th beginning at 10am  
WHERE: Lincoln Memorial, National Mall Washington, DC  
WHO:  Partnering organizations: 
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 
Until Freedom 
The Gathering for Justice 
Woke Vote 
Black Voters Matter
Fund Peace
Black Church PAC 
Color of Change New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) 
Faith for Black Lives 
National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America 
Concerned Citizens DC 
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference 
LIFE Camp, Inc 
League of Women Voters 
National Organization for Women 
Akeal Christopher Community Center Inc  
Youth Over Guns 
Triumph After Tragedy
Alternative Resources Inc  
Melquain Jatelle Anderson Foundation 
Fathers Alive In The Hood  
Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes Inc (GMACC) 
LTownsley Ventures, LLC 
A&A fellowship Inc  
New York City Black Women’s Political Club 
1Hood Media 
Middle Church  
Next Generation Action Network INC 
Take Action Mon Valley  
Bethel AME Church-Selma, NC 
Austin Justice Coalition 
LionHeart Youth Outreach Incorporated  
Douglass Commonwealth Coalition Inc 
The Democratic Coalition 
Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (Free DC) 
NAACP DC Branch 
Community Justice Action Fund
BLOC Work  
Reign 4 Life/ New Future Foundation  
It’s A Process 
Incarcerated Nation Network INC 
Friends Who March 
Indigenous People’s Movement 
National Black Justice Coalition  
MPower Change  
Islamophobia Studies Center 
Men on the Move 
Black Lives Matter New Jersey 
Black to the Future Action Fund 
The Taifa Group 
National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA 
Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress 
Black Girls Vote 
Declaration for American Democracy 
Justice Chapel 
The Underground 1865 
Action Center on Race and the Economy 
Absolute Justice Now 
Muslim American Society 
Veterans United for DC Statehood 
Long Beach Martin Luther King Center 
No Separate Justice 
All Womxn’s Progress Policy Center 
Poligon Education Fund  

Notable speakers and performances TBA  
RSVP: Members of the media planning to attend Saturday’s rally must complete this registration form.  
Volunteer: Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the MAKE GOOD TROUBLE RALLY on Saturday, August 28 from 10AM – 4PM at The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.? Fill out the online volunteer sheet
Transportation: Make Good Trouble Rally Buses are arriving from 24 locations to Washington DC leaving Aug 27th returning Aug 29. Cost $0. Click here to: #getonthebus 

“We have called our Senators, mobilized our community members, gotten arrested multiple times and now it’s time to show up in numbers on August 28th to remind those in power that we are serious,” said Tamika D. Mallory, co-founder of Until Freedom. “What we know is that Washington, DC is the epicenter of power and they can pass legislation that can set the precedent and trump harmful legislation in our home states. We will present a clear agenda and demand President Biden, Congress & the Senate do their jobs.” 

“We must carry on the legacy of our elders in the Civil Rights movement. Especially today, as we’re seeing the most restrictive rollbacks to voting rights since the era before the 1965 Voting Rights Act, we have a duty to take action and make ‘good trouble’,” said Carmen Perez, President and CEO of The Gathering for Justice.  

“While the fight to protect voting rights remains a priority for us, we recognize that there are many factors at play today that impact each other,” said Cliff Albright, co-founder and executive director of Black Voters Matter. “The social, economic, and political challenges that we face all intersect and those most gravely impacted are far too often Black people and other communities of color. But as we know through our work, there is power in solidarity. It is in that spirit that we come together to rally around these issues, because no one will fight for our people like we will.” 

The Make Good Trouble Rally’s policy agenda is far-reaching and includes urging Congress and the Biden administration to act on restoring voting rights; realizing reparations and bringing #HR40ToTheFloor; reimagining public safety and ending mass incarceration; reforming immigration and creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people; and, much more. 

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,    

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