Dr. King was murdered because he was bringing the Poor People’s campaign to Washington in an attempt to shut down the war on Vietnam so those funds could be used for peace, people and justice. It was a contest then and now between love and war.
Today war is winning.
...Unfortunately, the unity and organization needed for the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968 to complete all three of the planned stages and form the “new and unsettling force” capable of disrupting “complacent national life” and achieving an economic bill of rights was not easy to come by.
The assassinations of Dr. King and Senator Robert Kennedy, a key proponent of the Campaign and Presidential candidate, only served to cripple the Campaign and greatly limit its impact. King emphasized the need for poor whites, Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans to unite. He asserted that the Poor People’s Campaign would only be successful if the poor could come together across all the obstacles and barriers set up to divide us and if they could overcome the attention and resources being diverted because of the US engagement in the Vietnam War.”
…Today in 2018, fifty one years later, this same commitment is needed from all leaders interested in taking up King’s mantle. Martin Luther King Jr. demonstrated the difficulty and necessity of uniting the poor and dispossessed across race, religion, geography and other lines that divide. In building a Poor People’s Campaign for our times, we completed an analysis of the 1967-68 Campaign and stand on the shoulders of those who came before. We have learned lessons and are in step together to march again.
A surrender to corporate elites has bankrupted the nation, lowered wages and shipped critical jobs overseas. We can do better.
We need to hit the streets :
“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
“I believe that there will be ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don’t think it will be based on the color of the skin…”
― Malcolm X
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