As the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom approaches, a new march on Washington has been arranged for Saturday. And local community organizers are providing bus transportation to the nation’s capital for those interested in joining the protest.

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The North Charleston branch of the NAACP and the International Longshoremen’s Association have arranged for at least two buses to leave Charleston at 9 p.m. Friday from the parking lot of the ILA building, 1142 Morrison Drive. The round-trip cost is $20 per person, according to organizers.

The “National Action to Realize the Dream March,” organized primarily by the National Action Network, founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton, begins at 8 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial. Participants are asked “to stand together against the recent attack on voter rights, against Stand Your Ground and racial profiling, and to continue to raise awareness on unemployment, poverty, gun violence, immigration, gay rights and other critical issues affecting our nation,” according to the National Action network.

Other groups involved in the event include the Communities Without Boundaries International and numerous civic, labor and business sponsors.

The Goose Creek branch of the NAACP also has arranged for a bus to the rally.

Ed Bryant, president of the North Charleston branch of the NAACP, said the new protest rally commemorates the original 1963 march and advances an up-to-date agenda.

“There are so many issues on the table,” he said.

For more information, or to register for a seat on the bus, call Bryant at 225-6086, Leonard Riley at 830-4471 or contact the ILA at 720-7360.

For details about the Goose Creek bus, call 276-6294 or email