Rev. Sharpton recruiting in Philly for Washington march against Trump

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Reverend Al Sharpton (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Reverend Al Sharpton (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Area religious and civil groups are joining together to send hundreds to Washington, D.C., as part of an effort to send a strong message to President-elect Donald Trump.  

“When the Democrats talk about going to the table with Mr. Trump and seeing if there is common ground,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, “they cannot negotiate voting rights, economic fairness, which is jobs contracts, criminal justice reform which is police reform, and the Affordable Care Act.”  The march on Jan. 14 is coordinated by the National Action Network.

Union Leader Henry Nicholas said Pennsylvania needs to be heard on this since Trump won the state, the first for a Republican since 1988.

“It is important that all of us not do what we did in November,” he said. “Some of the people we thought understood were out there talking about, ‘I’m not out there voting for either one of them,’ and now we find ourselves in this condition.”

Buses will depart for the Washington march from multiple locations in Philadelphia.

A week later, a major women’s march is planned in Washington the day after Trump takes the oath of office. A corresponding local march is planned in Philadelphia.

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