WHY the CHILDREN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON
Children under the age of 18 are not at legal age to vote. Therefore children are least likely to have an opportunity to influence policy that affects their day-to-day lives. Read our official platform here.
That’s why the children will march on Washington to raise their voices together to speak up on issues that children care about.
For Children to live up to their greatest potential:
- society must provide the child with a safe place to grow,
- each child needs a straightforward path to human rights
- the voice of the children must have access to be heard via platforms, which allows input into decisions made on his/her behalf; and
- supporters, sponsors & partners are needed to join The Children’s March on Washington to increase the impact.
For the United States to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child.
To provide a platform for children and youth to speak about issues that affect their lives, communities, and the world around them.
Definition of a Child
For the purposes of the present Children’s March on Washington, a child means every human being below the age of eighteen years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier.
Tiffany James, Artist & President, NAN of Columbia
Tiffany James, founder and chair of the Children’s March On Washington, believes that government is the right of all people and now more than ever must include the voices of it’s must vulnerable citizens, children. She is an artist and community organizer in Columbia, SC where she also works as a Community and Public Relations specialist for the transit authority. As a teen, she raised awareness about race relations through drama and music. She was an active member in the NAACP in college and soon after graduating from college, she became an Americorps member where she assisted in teen pregnancy prevention.
She has spent her life encouraging youth to be the change they want to see in the world. Channeling her arts activism as a youth, in 2015 she started a program called Acting Up With Tiffany where youth can raise their voices through drama. She has worked on several political campaigns including a school bond referendum to fund dilapidated schools in the “corridor of shame” in South Carolina. She is also a CASA guardian ad litem, a proud 2017 James E. Clyburn Fellow, and the president of the National Action Network of Columbia.
Whether it is through the arts or through politics, Tiffany will continue to raise her voice against injustices around her as well as encourage youth to do the same. She quotes Eleanor Roosevelt when she said, “Where after all do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home…” Tiffany adds that human rights also begins with the rights of the child.
Erika Alexander, Actress & Activist
Maricellyn “Rissy” McDonald & Elijah Coles Brown