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Brother Martin and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Posted 1 year ago on Aug. 24, 2013, 9:54 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: Hoodies Up, Marching on Washington, Martin Luther King

Cornel West spoke on Democracy Now recently about issues that should be remembered at the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington that coincides with the Million Hoodies March for Justice on August 24th, 2013.

Brother Martin would not be invited to the very march in his name, because he would talk about drones. He’d talk about Wall Street criminality. He would talk about working class being pushed to the margins as profits went up for corporate executives in their compensation. He would talk about the legacies of white supremacy.

Liberal reform is too narrow, is too truncated. And, of course, the two-party system is dying, and therefore it doesn’t have the capacity to speak to these kinds of issues.

There’s no doubt that the vicious legacy of white supremacy affects the black upper classes, it affects the black middle classes. But those kinds of stories hide and conceal just how ugly and intensely vicious it is for black poor, brown poor. If that’s the case, why hasn’t the new Jim Crow been a priority in the Obama administration? Why has not the new Jim Crow been a priority for Eric Holder? If what they’re saying is something they feel deeply, if what they’re saying is that they’re—themselves and their children have the same status as Brother Jamal and Sister Latisha and Brother Ray Ray and Sister Jarell, then why has that not been a center part of what they do to ensure there’s fairness and justice? Well, the reason is political. Well, we don’t want to identify with black folk, because a black president can’t get too close to black folk, because Fox News, with their reactionary self in so many instances, will attack them, and that becomes the point of reference? No. If they’re going to be part of the legacy of Martin King, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker and the others, then the truth and justice stuff that you pursue, you don’t care who is coming at you. But, no, this black liberal class has proven itself to be too morally bankrupt, too hypocritical, and indifferent to criminality—Wall Street criminality, no serious talk about enforcement of torturers and wiretappers under the Bush administration. Why? Because they don’t want the subsequent administration to take them to jail. Any reference to the hunger strike of our brothers out in California and other places, dealing with torture? Sustained solitary confinement is a form of torture. And we won’t even talk about Guantánamo. Force-feeding, torture in its core—didn’t our dear brother Yasiin Bey point that out, the former Mos Def? God bless that brother.

We must never tame Martin Luther King Jr. or Fannie Lou Hamer or Ella Baker or Stokely Carmichael. They were unbossed. They were unbought. That Martin was talking about a beloved community, which meant that it subverts any plantation—Bush’s plantation, Clinton’s plantation, Obama’s plantation—and the social forces behind those plantations, which have to do with Wall Street, have to do with multinational corporations. And we’re going to focus on poor people. We’re going to focus on working people across the board. We’re going to talk about the connection between drones, which is a form of—a form of crimes against humanity outside the national borders. We’re going to talk about Wall Street criminality. We’re going to talk about how we ensure that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters have their dignity affirmed. We’re going to talk about the children.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a free black man. He was a Jesus-loving free black man. Will the connection between drones, new Jim Crow, prison-industrial complex, attacks on the working class, escalating profits at the top, be talked about and brought together during that march? I don’t hold my breath.

But Brother Martin’s spirit would want somebody to push it.

And that’s part of his connection to Malcolm X. That’s part of his connection to so many of the great freedom fighters that go all the way back to the first slave who stepped on these decrepit shores.

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[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (21898) 1 year ago

Equality on every level, in every facet, of every American's life is what we should strive for, and not one shred less.

[+] -4 points by WSmith (2431) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

I hope your spirit is true to this great American cause, but complete equality is not possible and sets up a demoralizing sense of failure. Equality, Freedom, Jobs and Justice for all!!

perfection is a poison pill

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (21898) 1 year ago

Equal doesn't mean the same. And, where did I mention perfection?

[-] 1 points by WSmith (2431) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

See below.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

''A Time to Break Silence'' by Rev. Martin Luther King :

This is the audio and full transcript of arguably a much more important speech then the more famous DC speech, the 50th anniversary of which was today (Aug. 24th) - as 'truth was revolutionary in The Empire of Lies' then and it still is both true and relevant in these times too.

Furthermore, if you're questioning bw's ''spirit'' and bona fides just on the basis of her general, idealistic and heart-centred comment above, then you will gain much deeper understanding and insights from her comments here : http://occupywallst.org/forum/we-cant-lose-the-post-office/ .

Can you spot the inherent inconsistencies of your own comment when taken as a whole I wonder ? ''Complete'' was your own italicised word, to which you yourself take exception and then employ non sequiturs to try to counter. Excuse me butting in but I wanted to link to MLK's very relevant speech & was also feeling a little pedantic as well as defensive of a fellow socialist ... much like how Dems watch each others' 'six' sometimes ;-) and now my apologies to bw here, in public for butting in here too, lolol !

multum in parvo ...

[-] 2 points by WSmith (2431) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

What's important here is the goal of Equality, Freedom, Jobs and Justice for all*.

Smaller disappointments than absolute and total equality have allowed a herd of insane anti-democracy Cons to storm our government and reverse decades of progress like the Voters Right Act, single payer for example.

Martin Luther King Jr ~ as seen on the posted "Meet the Press" clip shown today ~ defended his own use of the the term "Approximate Equality," because he was smart enough to know that demanding impossible goals would set him up for failure, and give his opposition a weapon to use against him (like Obama's contrived failures of hope and change are incessantly used against him). MLK was a political realist, he compromised, he new progress had to start small and then build and he worked with members of government with whom he had common goals! He knew better than to make the perfect the enemy of the good! He knew that perfection, absolutes, or other idealistic impossibilities become poison pills to real progress.

That's why MLK and the Civil Rights Movement was a social and political success!! And why petty, self-consumed, short-sighted, apolitical, petulant, nit-picking and impossible dreams result in failure and retrogression, and more success for the 1% and their GOP henchmen, who want us 99% disillusioned, deunified and politically irrelevant.

So let's correct potentially disastrous rookie mistakes, instead of defending them.

then ~ than

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (21898) 1 year ago

Oh, so to get what you want you should ask for less than what you want. LOL! I always thought when negotiating you should ask for more than what you expect or want to get. How naive of me.

And, there is nothing like a world revolution for the status quo.....Good luck with that.

[-] 1 points by WSmith (2431) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

I'll explain once, after that you're on your own. But I serious doubt you integrity or sincerity.

Even MLK knew better than demand absolute equality, he called for "Approximate Equality." You do that to assuage defeat among the troops, and deny a weapon for the enemy. Already said that but you must have missed it.

Think Winning not Whining!

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (21898) 1 year ago

You like to correct grammar, so that would be "already" not "all ready." I am on my own, thanks! And, need I say how much I doubt your integrity and your sincerity.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

Hey, why stop there? He said: "But I serious doubt you integrity . . . " That would be "your" integrity. I have no doubts about your integrity or sincerity, by the way, nor does anyone else here, I'd think.

He also said: "Even MLK new better than demand absolute equality, . . ." That should have been "knew better than to demand absolute equality . . ."

And to think spellchecker has been around for decades.

Jeez, some people . . . ;-)

[-] 6 points by beautifulworld (21898) 1 year ago

LOL! Good job! And, don't you think it's sneaky to use MLK Jr. in such a way, to say that we should ask for less than what we really want? How screwed up is that?!

[-] 3 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago

the president wants to give you a shot

not property, not food , not health \ but a shot

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (21898) 1 year ago

I am trying to understand you. Do you mean a shot, as in a chance, at getting those things?

The poorest of the poor, the greatest sufferers of the earth have a "shot." A "shot" is not good enough.

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago


I just heard the Gates foundation wants to give everyone a chance

it's the same principal

if the poor are destitute

big money says at least they got a chance

in either case, both assume most won't make it

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (21898) 1 year ago

I agree with you. A "chance" is a joke.

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago

it's the macro-economy claiming it is not responsible for the general population

[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (21898) 1 year ago

The bogus argument of "It's the big ol' economic system that we can't do nothin' about." So lame.

Economic systems are man-made. They do not spring up from the earth like a flower or a tree. We can control economic systems and how they treat humans.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

That's not how you get what you want. Ask for more, then when you make a few concessions the other side feels they won something. Hell, that's Negotiating 101, isn't it? I don't get Smith.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago

the republicans and democrats are in collusion

[-] 0 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago


voting with our names ?"

I like the transparency idea. I also like the idea that LeoYo and a couple others have talked about on here, about having a contract where if the politician violates the contract, they're thrown out of office.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago

and who watches the contract ?

The US is weak for inventing lines to instigate military attacks

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

Who watches the contract? Hmmm, that's a good question, Matt. I would presume if this sort of thing was ever implemented, that some watchdog group would keep an eye on them.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago

why not make the information publicly available ?

[-] -1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

"why not make the information publicly available ?"

That's a good idea, have it online, on a .gov website.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 1 year ago

Hmm, would be some trembling hands signing those contracts.

I like it. I'm going to run with that idea. See where it goes.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

It makes sense to me. We all have to sign a contract of some kind for employment, why should politicians be any different?

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 1 year ago

Yes. Even used car sales people are bound by an honesty contract when they sell a lemon here in OZ.

[-] 0 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

I absolutely agree.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago

It's not something I want t believe

I want to believe that non corrupt people can get elected in the system

[-] 0 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

Yep, I'd like to believe they could, too, but I'm just not sure they can. Sometimes it seems like you have to be corrupt to be allowed to play the game. And if that's true, the question becomes, how do we change that?

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago


voting with our names ?

[-] 0 points by WSmith (2431) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Don't let the perfect (& yourself) overwhelm the good and progress.

Ignorance is no excuse.

Thanks, I hate typos especially mine.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (21898) 1 year ago

Now if I was ignorant I'd say "Oh, my, MLK Jr. said that! Oh. I better agree. I better ask for less than what I want." Please.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (2431) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Choose reality.

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (21898) 1 year ago

Be a dreamer.

[-] 0 points by TropicalDepression (-45) 1 year ago

The WSmith Reality Bus Tour!!




[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

Overcoming segregation was once considered 'idealistic' and it does not seem prudent or politic to start to talk the language of ''compromise'' - before the 1% lackeys and their 0.01% Parasitic Overlords have even come to the table with The 99% !!!

Just like ''complete'', ''perfection'' is your own word with which you are now clearly struggling !! Try to get over it and ask yourself ; are The Democraps (the party leadership and apparatchiks, as opposed to the ever optimistic voters), also ''henchmen'' of The 1% too .. or not ?!

“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” (Vladimir Ilyich Lenin).

ad iudicium ...

[-] 2 points by WSmith (2431) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Think Winning not Whining!!!

Strategy, don't give the enemy weapons!

like wrangling cats


[-] 0 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

Think 'Democracy' NOT 'Duopoly' !!!

''The Enemy'' already have all the weapons !!

Educate, Agitate, Organise - don't just compromise !

Thanx for your interesting link, further to which I append and highly recommend, from The 99% p-o-v :

Finally, tho' I may regard you as strategically, politically or ideologivcaly misguided, I'm not questioning your ''integrity or sincerity'' - so perhaps you should really consider apologising to bw for your comment above, as she has been a warrior for The 99% on these threads, these past two years and NOT just for your blessed (or should that be 'accursed'?!) Corporation and Venal Bankster Co-Opted, DemoCraps !!! Good grace, costs nothing and always has a place !! Say sorry now, show humility and so save face !

veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 2 points by WSmith (2431) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

It's easy to criticize, it's also easy to make convincing promises, especially when you'll never have to come up with some resolve. Achievements talk, BS walks. I'm a socialist too, but politically they are losers. Socialist achievements are made by Labour as they are by Dems here, and never by Conservatives or Cons. Duopoly schmuopoply! REALITY!

Correct your pupil: You give no quarter to the enemy!

[-] 0 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

You're NOT my pupil and I'll assume we are more in agreement than not !

But be under no illusions - Dem Party is now captured, or had you forgot ?!!

OWS must stand firm & drag the others 'left' NOT give Dems ways to co-opt !!!

Consider : ''Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads and ports ; control power plants and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts. They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. How have they pulled this off, and where have they gotten the money ?''

Finally, it struck me that bw made an observation and that you started ''to criticize'' but I agree with you re. ''Labour'' and so append and recommend :

ad iudicium ...

[-] 2 points by WSmith (2431) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Beautifulworld, the one you are mentoring.

Advocate ways and means for an alternative, I've asked you peeps a thousand times, but you never EVER take the free advice. Instead YOU SNIPE!! Like little ankle bitters. Develop ways and means, don't inflict your insignificance on people who are fighting to keep TRUE EVIL from doing more damage than Bush-Cheney and Raygun already have!!!

Not to mention the 2010 POUT FEST that gave us TEABAG ZOMBIES and the current HOSTAGE CRISIS!!!


[-] -1 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

I was so gentle and inoffensive ! But now you're getting hysterical and losing your shape !! Oh dear, I'll leave readers to judge the matters under consideration here and you to your Dem Obsessions. Bye !!!

verum ex absurdo ...

[-] 2 points by WSmith (2431) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

WTFU!! People Die From Your ILK'S Selfishness!!!

Choose HONESTY!!

[-] -1 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

''So much has changed -- and yet so little. The placards raised in last week’s commemorative march on Washington told exactly that story: calls for ending the drone wars in foreign lands; demands for jobs and equality; protests against mass incarceration, restrictions on the right to an abortion, cuts to education, assaults upon the workers of America, and the exploitation and persecution of immigrants; warnings about the state-by-state spread of voter suppression laws. And chants filling the air, rising above multiple images of Trayvon Martin, denouncing gun violence and clamoring for banks to be taxed. Challenges to us all to occupy every space available and return the country to the people. Yes, so much has changed -- and yet so little.'' from :

I think that you would like this piece if you can be bothered to read it and being querulous and petulant is singularly unattractive btw and mitigates against future discourse, especially in the utter absence of any evidence whatsoever to back up your baseless accusations against me or my ''ilk'' lol.

fiat lux ...


[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

You're the wannabe 'co-opter in chief' and all round dissembler, so .. run along now Trashy Troll Bot ;-)


temet nosce ...


[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

''I would never censor your comments or postings'' - Liar !!! You have actually tried to do exactly that to many posters with your spamming, defacing posts, collapsing threads, usurping monikers and posting indecent images etc. or d'you think we'd forgotten ?!! Your attempts at usurping any moral high ground you perceive, are beyond laughable and will only possibly fool amnesiacs ! Boy, I'm soo late now, lolol.

vale ...




[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

''Censorship'' ? In general, no ! Specifically re. 'you', yes !! Because you are a mendacious, manipulative, mischief maker and can' be trusted to tie your shoe lace !!! You make so much noise because you are an empty shell. I think your comments should be left in the main because you only reveal yourself more.

So, more practically - what was your connection to TIOUISE, from back in the day Trashy ? Also, who is this : http://www.bloomberg.com/video/62284590-pierre-fournier-interview-on-economy.html huh ? Et encore : http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/fournier-pierre/17/566/700 ! Finally, what is or was your connection to The HAC @ Bard College : http://www.bard.edu/hannaharendtcenter/about/ ?!

nosce te ipsum ...



[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

There's very li'l to debate really. I'm not going to quote Wm. Blake again & I'm in a rush now but all who have been here more than a week know your dissembling twaddle. Eg. you rail against ''censorship'' but would call any and all ideas or theories that you don't like ''conspiracy theory'' !!! You and your inchoate doublespeak are transparent !! You are a liar and self-avowed sophist and nothing you say - can ever be trusted but your talent lies in shrouding grains of truth in layers of lies, like AAA+ CDS, CDO securities !

gnothi seuton ...

[-] -3 points by audaciousmike (-19) 1 year ago

Calling something like 911 Trutherism conspiracy theory is nothing like censoring. It's an opinion nothing more. It's not using power over others. It's just an opinion. People should be allowed to have all kinds of opinions, and using sarcasm is one very effective way to make an opinion known. There's nothing wrong with that.

The problem starts with censoring. That's when you use power over other people. That's when you decide that some people have the right to share their opinions while others don't. That, my friend, is very dangerous.

You are a liar and self-avowed sophist and nothing you say - can ever be trusted

More logical fallacies. Like I said, using proper arguments would lead to a better discourse. Using logical fallacies leads to nowhere.

The beauty is that it doesn't matter if you can trust me or not. It doesn't matter because you should be able to judge ideas on their own two feet, without having to know or judge the proposer.

If I say "Censorship is bad because of X, Y, Z, etc...", I am not asking you to trust me. I am providing you and the other readers here with arguments as to why censorship is bad. You can use your own judgment and logic to decide whether those arguments are strong or not. You don't need to trust me for that. You should be able to judge ideas for their own merit.

Contrastingly, you don't use arguments. You use logical fallacies, like attacking the proposer (saying I am a liar), using appeal to motive (saying I'm from Bard, or helping Pierre Fournier), etc... Those are not arguments, those are baseless accusations. What you are doing is asking that the readers here trust you since you have no evidence or arguments to back up what you claim.

You ask for the trust of others. I don't. I provide arguments to support my ideas.

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

No, I don't ask for ''trust'' but that is exactly what you do. I will expect to be judged on what I say in my forum-posts and comments. You only 'obsess on process' because that is your preferred 'Trojan Horse' strategy to usurp this forum. You are the primary reason the mods here have been driven to distraction. You are not a 'joiner', you're a loner ; you speak of community but know not what it means. Your nature is insidious though I'll suggest to others that they assign you 'agon' status and try to endure your crap.

This News-Post was about MLK & the 50th anniversary of his 'I have a dream' speech and I linked to his anti-war ; pro-peace speech here : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2564.htm so read it.

Right now USUK and allies - especially the perfidious, neo-colonial French ruling clique, are now up not for 'another' war - but the next chapter of their on going 'Long Game' for oil and hegemony (but of course that'd just be 'conspiracy' to you) - and consider this for insights :

However you are an 'issue free zone', with no real concerns for Peace or The 99% and I am only replying here to lay that video link down on this now usurped thread. Go ahead Trashy, have the last word now if you like but can you make it something about peace &/or The 99%, d'you think ?!

fiat lux et fiat pax ...

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (28700) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

OH - sorry - a follow-up on that explanation ( http://occupywallst.org/forum/free-speech-suppression-equals-oppression/#comment-997362 ) of what the eternal shill does.

I mentioned that it likes to - "it likes to try to open a door with what appears to be a good and legitimate issue"

I guess that what I forgot to add in that explanation - IS - "The shill" attempts these things by pretending to be a new individual to the site ( pretends to be like you a new person ) even to creating other individuals ( obviously played by himself ) to generate a discussion ( again if you missed it - with it's self - it is quite obsessed with this forum ).

Funny thing when it does this ( until it gets found out - again & again & again & .... ) It will at times pretend to be outraged at getting attacked ( help me help me ) and ask if this is how new comers to the forum are treated ( that is why I made sure to let you know - in my comments - that these - the qualified comments - were not directed at you or your friend - and that I was giving you the benefit of the doubt - as to being new to the forum ).

Unfortunate and sad I know - that posts and comments and new(?) individuals must be taken with a grain of salt. But at least now you know.

BTW - anything back on your complaint?

Anyway - sunshine blue skies and warm happy puppy dog hugs for you - Have an awesome day. {:-])

[-] -1 points by sophiaIia (-23) 1 year ago

una link importante! grazie!



[-] 3 points by eureka19 (11) 1 year ago

Many of the advances that King made have unfortunately been rolled back.

What we are here fighting for are to regain them and more.

Therefore, I cannot understand why this news item has not gotten more hits, especially from people who benefited the most from his sacrifices

[-] 3 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago

I hope we stay focused on this

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

''Martin Luther King’s Words in a Surveillance World - A Time for Creative Suffering'', by Ariel Dorfman :

''So much has changed -- and yet so little. The placards raised in last week’s commemorative march on Washington told exactly that story: calls for ending the drone wars in foreign lands; demands for jobs and equality; protests against mass incarceration, restrictions on the right to an abortion, cuts to education, assaults upon the workers of America, and the exploitation and persecution of immigrants; warnings about the state-by-state spread of voter suppression laws. And chants filling the air, rising above multiple images of Trayvon Martin, denouncing gun violence and clamoring for banks to be taxed. Challenges to us all to occupy every space available and return the country to the people. Yes, so much has changed -- and yet so little.''

''What would Martin Luther King say if he could return to contemplate what his country has become since his death? What if he could see how the terror and slaughter brought to bear upon New York and Washington on September 11, 2001, had turned his people into a fearful, vengeful nation, ready to stop dreaming, ready to abridge their own freedoms in order to be secure? What if he could see how that obsession with security has fed espionage services and a military-industrial complex run amok ?

''What would he say if he could observe how that fear was manipulated in order to justify the invasion and occupation of a foreign land against the will of its people? How would he react to the newest laws disenfranchising the very citizens he fought to bring to the voting booths? What sorrow would have gripped his heart as he watched the rich thrive and the poor be ever more neglected and despised, as he observed the growing abyss between the one percent and the rest of the country, not to speak of the power of money to intervene and intercede and decide ?

''What words would he have used to denounce the way the government surveillance he was under is now commonplace and pervasive, potentially targeting anyone in the United States who happens to own a phone or use email? Wouldn’t he tell those who oppose these policies and institutions inside and outside the United States to stand up and be counted, to march ahead, and not ever to wallow in the valley of despair ?''

respice, adspice, prospice ...

[-] 2 points by aaronparr (597) 1 year ago

Good article.

Cornel West's leading statement sets up the message very well.

This needs to be amplified: "Liberal reform is too narrow, is too truncated. And, of course, the two-party system is dying, and therefore it doesn’t have the capacity to speak to these kinds of issues."

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28700) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Today, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, tens of thousands of people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial and demanded action on voting rights, economic and social justice.

Fifty years ago, the marchers were able to break unprecedented filibusters and obstructions to force Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. In the past few years and even months, these same rights have come under attack, from the Supreme Court to places like Texas and North Carolina.

These attacks include restrictive ID requirements, which would limit early voting and cause long lines on Election Day, and voting districts designed to dilute voters' voices. Across the country, people will not be able to exercise their most fundamental right to vote if you don't take action now and tell Congress to act.

You can add your voice to the marchers'. Call on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act.

The same forces who want to expand fracking, coal, and pollution are the same ones who want to suppress minority votes -- and where these battles are being fought the most polluted communities are often minority communities. When we can't vote, we can't solve environmental problems we have in our own backyards.

But we're fighting back. Sierra Club members were at the march in DC today, demanding action to protect our democracy and our environment. Thousands more marched "virtually," by joining a "Thunderclap" on social media that reached hundreds of thousands instantly.

Join the movement to protect our democracy and our environment. Tell your member of Congress to act on voting rights now.

The Voting Rights Act originally faced the same kind of obstruction we see today, when a small group of Senators blocked the rights of millions. But after the March on Washington in 1963, continued organizing and action showed there was support to end discrimination.

Just a few years ago in 2006, Congress reauthorized the Voting Rights Act with overwhelming bipartisan support. After our successful march today, it is time to demand they act again to protect all Americans' rights. You can get your senators' and representative's attention by joining the thousands of others across the country calling on Congress to act swiftly.

Demand Congress fix the Voting Rights Act and join the spirit of today's March on Washington.

Thank you for all you do to protect our environment and our democracy,

Courtney Hight Director, Democracy Program Sierra Club

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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28700) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

PFAW: I just wanted to make sure you saw Michael’s message from earlier this week (below). If you are going to be in Washington this weekend for the march, please email me at march@pfaw.org about joining PFAW Foundation there.

Also, please check out today’s Huffington Post piece by Michael, “Don't Let The Right Wing Co-opt King.”

Even if you can’t make it to DC, there are other ways you can commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

In honor of the anniversary, our friends at DKD Media have launched the James Baldwin Transmedia Project. Baldwin was a prominent participant in the 1963 march. The Transmedia project will include a rebroadcast of the film James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket on PBS / American Masters tonight (Friday, August 23) at 9pm ET (but please check local listings, because PBS schedules vary), as well as an Interactive Online Screening hosted on the actual anniversary of the March, Wednesday, August 28 at 5pm ET). Click here to find out more about that.

And follow PFAW Foundation’s coverage of the various events taking place in Washington throughout the week at http://blog.pfaw.org.

Thank you for keeping the torch lit and the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement alive.


Diallo Brooks, Director of Outreach and Public Engagement

From: Michael Keegan, PFAW Foundation To: Diallo Brooks Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Re: Keep the legacy alive -- March on Washington!

March on Washington 50th Anniversary

Join the Virtual March!


August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. This week, thousands of Americans committed to the ideals and legacy of the Civil Rights Movement are converging on the nation’s capital to commemorate the occasion and continue the push for justice for all.

There are events going on from the August 21 through August 28 with this Saturday, August 24, being the biggest day of action -- the day when we will march on Washington once again and demand economic and social justice, dedicate ourselves to the principles of inclusion and equal opportunity, and stand up for the democracy that’s at stake in the face of efforts to chip away at hard won protections for civil rights, voting rights, workers’ rights, women’s rights, gay rights and more.

Will you join us?

If you plan on coming to Washington this week, please consider teaming up with People For the American Way Foundation for the march on Saturday.

We’ll be meeting at the corner of 23rd St. and Constitution Ave., NW at 7:15am before heading over to the Lincoln Memorial for speeches and then the march.

Please email us at march@pfaw.org if you can make it and want to join the PFAW Foundation contingent.

Can’t make it? Click here to join the virtual march!

Members of the People For family -- clergy in our African American Ministers Leadership Council, members of our Young Elected Officials Network, Young People For fellows and alumni, as well as staff and supporters -- will be involved in many of the events as speakers, hosts, organizers and volunteers.

We’d be thrilled if you could join us on Saturday for the march. And we encourage you to take part in some of the other exciting events going on around town.

You can find a schedule of events here: http://officialmlkdream50.com

Dr. King said, “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice” … it’s up to all of us to work hard and keep bending it. There’s much to be done to make sure that every American gets to realize the American Dream.

That’s what this week is about: making sure that we, as a country, continue to strive to fulfill the promise of justice for all -- the American Way.

It’s going to be an exciting week, and I really hope if you are going to be in Washington that you join us for whatever events you can make, and especially the march on Saturday.

Once again, email us at march@pfaw.org to let me know you’ll be joining us.

Or join the virtual march by signing on your support here.

Thank you for all you do.


Michael Keegan, President

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28700) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago


Events will take place all across the nation later this month to commemorate the historic 1963 “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” The event, including Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, crystallized the need for civil rights and jobs and catalyzed grassroots action, which led to passage of the Civil Rights Act.

Move to Amend encourages your support and participation in these events in your hometown and/or in Washington DC beginning on August 24, culminating in a major Rally and March to “Realize the Dream,” on August 28. Click here to learn more...

Massive threats to the realization of Dr. King’s dream for justice and against racism remain. Many of them are rooted in corporate power and the corrupting influence of big money in elections.

These include:

  • The political lobbying and contributions by corporate military industries which distort spending priorities favoring wasteful and unnecessary Pentagon weapons at the expense of jobs and basic social safety net programs.

  • Political contributions from the wealthy few, resulting in massive tax cuts for them and budget austerity measures for the rest of us.

  • Public policies increasingly favoring the privatization/corporatization of prisons. People of color, who are disproportionately imprisoned with longer and harsher prison terms, are the losers in this incentivized system to fill up cells.

Those involved in Civil Rights decades ago built and maintained a social movement to promote their dreams of a “beloved community,” as Dr. King said, for all.

Move to Amend seeks our own diverse social movement to promote our dream of making real the promise of American democracy and passing a Constitutional Amendment to end corporate Constitutional rights and equating political spending as free speech.

We encourage you to support 50th Anniversary events out of respect for those who fought for basic justice then, in support to those who seek justice now and in solidarity from those involved in one social movement to another who each seek fundamental social change.

In solidarity,

Ashley Sanders, Daniel Lee, David Cobb, Egberto Willies, George Friday, Jerome Scott, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Laura Bonham, Maria Agosto, Nancy Price, Pamela Brown, Richard Monje

Move to Amend National Leadership Team


PO Box 610, Eureka CA 95502 | (707) 269-0984 | www.MoveToAmend.org

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

In compliment to your in compliment.


It looks like it might become official........:)

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28700) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago
[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

It'll be on the agenda in Kalamazoo.

Let's hope it carries.............:)

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28700) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Right-ON - this is not the 1st time OWS has shown support for Move to Amend - though there are some who would deny it - let us hope that this time will be very successful and very well communicated that we support MTA.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28700) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

On a follow-up. Can you believe this? OSTA

"Smart meters" can hurt you, but the One Subject at a Time Act can protect you.

I wrote this letter telling Congress to introduce DownsizeDC.org's One Subject At a Time Act (OSTA). The hardwired message begins …

I would notice and appreciate your co-sponsorship of the "One Subject at a Time Act" (OSTA), HR 2113.

I encourage you to join me in sending a letter. You may borrow from or copy this …

OSTA requires each bill to be about ONLY one subject, so that each bill stands or falls entirely on its own merits. This would stop Congressional leaders from passing unwanted laws by clustering them with popular but unrelated bills.

I thought of OSTA when learning of the Smart Grid Advancement Act of 2013 (HR 2685). This bill could (http://shar.es/zH9yv)...

  • compel ALL electricity providers to install smart meters
  • negate any state law permitting consumers to reject having a smart meter
  • require energy-saving appliances to include wireless transmitters


  • My private data could be transmitted, and...
  • My power could be shut off by providers without my consent.

This bill would NEVER pass Congress on its own. It's too unpopular. But…

Will Congressional ideologues, who think regulators know best, sneak the Smart Grid proposal into a "must-pass" bill?

Such dishonest moves happen often in the thousand-page bills Congress imposes on us. And if this bad bill doesn't survive this corrupt process, others will. And we won't know about them until they've become law.

In other words, they will pass without our consent.

I DENY you the right to "govern" like this! I deny consent.

Support OSTA. It will go a long way to protecting the public from Congressional underhandedness and corruption.

If you don't, I must conclude that you're part of the problem.


You can send your letter using DownsizeDC.org’s Educate the Powerful System.

You will receive a copy of your letter to Congress via email. Please share your letter with friends and ask them to take the same action.

And if you like having the Educate the Powerful tool, please consider starting a monthly pledge.

Jim Babka President DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

Text of H.R. 2113: One Subject at a Time Act (Introduced version ...

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

On city walls across the country, muralists and street artists depict Martin Luther King as a statesman, visionary, hero and martyr.


[-] 2 points by thildebrand (2) 1 year ago

What many people, especially younger ones born sometime since about 1980, may not be aware of is that the secret surveillance state has also acted as the secret police state through such mechanisms as the FBI's Counter-Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO).

The collection of personal information about citizens is not so innocuous as Obama would have you believe. It has been used in the past to harass, intimidate, and "neutralize" political activists, organizers, and dissidents, and by use of that euphemism "neutralize," it includes assassinate, such as Black Panther Leader Fred Hampton, and civil rights leaders, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. Our National Security State does not truly believe in Democracy and free speech and assembly; it regards us citizens as mere subjects and potential subversives to the status quo and the perpetual rule of the power elite.

[-] 2 points by madison (0) 1 year ago

Considering how MLK promoted social and economic justice

I can't understand why there is a big labor rally on Aug 24th, and then the rally for MLK's 50th anniversary of The March on Washington rally on the 28th

I think they should have gotten it together and had both on the same day

[-] 1 points by nazihunter (215) 1 year ago

FucK the Washington Hoodies. How you like that?

[-] 1 points by WSmith (2431) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Learning From the 'March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom' of 1963


[-] 1 points by WSmith (2431) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Time to March on Washington—Again

Fifty years after King’s historic march, the struggle for racial justice faces unprecedented challenges.

Ari Berman | August 14, 2013 | This article appeared in the September 2-9, 2013 edition of The Nation.   They carried signs that demanded “Voting Rights,” “Jobs for All” and “Decent Housing.” They protested the vigilante killing of an unarmed black teenager in the South and his killer’s acquittal. They denounced racial profiling in the country’s largest city.

This isn’t 1963 but 2013, when so many of the issues that gave rise to the March on Washington fifty years ago remain unfulfilled or under siege today. That’s why, on August 24, a broad coalition of civil rights organizations, unions, progressive groups and Democratic Party leaders will rally at the Lincoln Memorial and proceed to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to honor the fiftieth anniversary of the march and dramatize the contemporary fight. (President Obama will participate in a separate event commemorating the official anniversary on August 28.) The Supreme Court’s decision gutting the Voting Rights Act in late June and the acquittal of George Zimmerman less than three weeks later make this year’s march “exponentially more urgent” with respect to pressuring Congress and arousing the conscience of the nation, says Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, a co-sponsor of the march.

CONTINUED: http://www.thenation.com/article/175757/time-march-washington-again#

[-] 1 points by LeoYo (5909) 1 year ago

NYC condo planned with separate entrances for rich, poor people


4 hrs ago

There's a new luxury condo being planned on Manhattan's Upper West Side, and the developer is seeking a ton of tax breaks by building 55 low-income units in the same building. The catch? Those for the poor are going to face away from the Hudson River (maybe expected), and oh, yeah, they'll also have a separate entrance, elevator and maintenance company. Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat who represents the Upper West Side, said the developer's plans "smack of classism" and is urging the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Develop to deny the company its tax breaks.

[-] 1 points by BearDickinson (125) from Ewing, VA 1 year ago

More info here - a well done net page ! http://www.naacp.org/march

National Lawyers Guild chapters are working hard to provide legal support for Occupy protests nationwide. http://www.dcnlg.org/

For emergency legal needs call your local hotline or contact the NLG office in your area. Washington, DC: (202) 957 2445 New York City: (212) 679-6018 Los Angeles: (323) 696-2299 Chicago: (773) 309-1198 San Francisco: (415) 285-1011 New Orleans: (504) 875-0019 Baltimore: (410) 205-2850 Minnesota: (612) 656-9108 Michigan: (313) 963-0843 Portland: (503) 902-5340 Boston: (617) 227-7335 Philadelphia, Delaware, Harrisburg, Allentown, Bethlehem: (267) 702-4654 Idaho: (208) 991-4324 (991-IDAHO)

Note: This fact sheet is not a substitute for legal advice. http://www.nlg.org/resource/know-your-rights Booklets available for download or order from the NLG.



[-] 0 points by 2walterpenny2 (11) 1 year ago

I took part in aspects to end the Vietnam War, I followed Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy and I was raised by an honest Mayor in California and my nanny Nelly Rogers, who was an African American (AA). Nelly and my Father taught me all aspects of the realities of where Negro, Black and now African Americans come from in regards to: their home environment, education, jobs, social mobility in the over all society, business development, their history. Nelly and my Father taught me to watch out for and what Nelly would have Called Obama and Holder ...the N word....for this reason: African Americans (AA) who say there honest and working for the good of the African American (AA) population ( voting rights ) but in truth their actually supporting those that are destroying the African American Society, Families, Neighborhoods, businesses, all of it, are in truth ....N...they are in truth "Uncle Toms" working for the man who is criminally corrupt, suppressing and deliberately stopping progress in the A.A. society...not maybe 100%. In America currently and for really decades the African American Community has fought hard to keep its society together and to build upon those successes. But each time it received a positive step forward, corrupt government officials from both parties, Democrats and well as Republicans, and in this case the President of the United States and the Attorney General, the Bank HSBC its owners, directors and managers, GoldmanSachs, AIG and Moodys, CountryWide, etc., deliberately destroy the African American Community and the USA as a whole. To this day those Public & Corporate Criminally Corrupt Officials have not been held accountable. Obama and Holder not only have not held these "Domestic Terrorists" accountable, Obama and Holder directly associate and work with their associates, whether through political campaigns and contributions, Presidential appointees, the Presidents vacations and private gatherings.
As a direct result of their corrupt associations: The Obama government & Wall Street businesses admit to the unemployment rate for African American youth to be at 43% with the over all AA population unemployment rate at 25%. Rates as in 2009 and now after 4-5 years of Obama its still at 25% 1. This is absolutely and directly related to the Global Fraud and Economic Collapse created by GoldmanSachs, etc. GS..Wall Streets main supporter of Obama. 2. Earlier in History but relative...The dismantling of business development opportunities and government support put into place, then removed by Ronald Reagan. 3. The deliberate economic collapse of the TECH Boom by Henry Paulson when he was CEO and Chairman of GoldmanSachs, started by GS in March of 2000, which leveled the economic political playing field so G.W. Bush giving him a much better to even chance to win against Gore..GS started what is called "Getting Out from the Top" criminal investor fraud and destroyed by doing so 15 million high paying jobs and the over all African American-US economy. "NO society" can support gains in social and economics of any class if it is deliberately ravaged with deliberate Economic Collapse ever 5 to 7 years. <See Matt Taibbi's documentation of these facts and fact contributed by Jim Evanhoe. Side note: 80% of all Baby Boomers are now facing poverty because of those that contributed to Obama and what has Obama done? From the very beginning Obama hired a dozen GoldmanSachs executives, giving one even an Ambassadorship. When he said in one of his first speeches "We are not looking back we are looking forward" (this is not the exact wording) in political terms that means "we are not holding those accountable who deliberately destroyed our economy", and put millions of citizens out of work, destroyed millions of businesses, and left millions homeless, this is true Public Corruption at the Highest Level. Then Obama again committed Public Corruption when He let HSBC get away without being prosecuted. HSBC Drug Cartel money laundering and only fined, the Owners, Directors and Managers of HSBC, were not prosecuted for Drug Racketeering by laundering Drug Cartel funds, 30 plus years, this since George HW Bush started the laundering activities in Panama when he was CIA Director with the help of Noriega and ever since. These are the facts as state by Panamanian Bank executives. It is estimated HSBC cut (Matt Taibbi states, HSBC cut is 20% off the top ) over the last 30 plus years est. totals at $200 billion. By allowing drug cartels to launder their $billions HSBC made them become even more successful, their drugs infecting African American Communities all across the United States of America. HSBC paid only a $1.9 billion dollar fine. Yet the families in American neighborhoods-ghettos (the largest ghettos in the industrial G7 with over one million acres in total area), were ravaged by staggering poverty, 60 million according the US gov., epic unemployment rates of 43%, drug cartel thugs committing "drive by shootings" of young children, their gangs deliberately setting upon the youth in the form of Gang Control Methods of violence, destroying their future, yet Holder and Obama let HSBC go. Who are these drug cartels, who are the owners of HSBC? During Obama and Holder's terms in Office over one million African American young men have been imprisoned because of Drug offenses. Successful drug cartels are the direct link to why we as a Nation are filling to capacity the largest prison system on the globe. Obama and Holder must be held criminally accountable through deliberate criminal negligence, obstruction of justice and allowing continued racketeering. Obama's Distraction..>>...Voting Rights...<<<.all though very important...very important...it is used currently as a distraction to hide the reality that the First African American President and Attorney General are criminally corrupt. What they say is a distraction. What they really are ? criminals. They will eventually be held criminally accountable for their actions. Not Maybe 100% Hold Obama and Holder accountable for there direct allowance of HSBC racketeering,Drug Cartels & their Gangs, continued Violence and drug related felony convictions and prison sentences...for African American youth. Obama and Holder have taken "the Right to Vote" >>>away<<< from more African Americans then "of late" the Republicans.....during Obama's 5 years approximately 580,000 African Americans can NOW not vote.............For Felons Can Not Vote.....!!!



[-] 0 points by Riley2011 (110) from New Britain, CT 1 year ago

I am with Garibaldi...As a movement, we need focus. Period. Every issue, the banks, NSA, security, racism, etc. is there. In other countries, people are focused and fighting for their rights. I would like to see these changes happen in my lifetime, but as more people fall into poverty and the middle class is wiped out, the statistics will grow worse.


[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

I promise not to make fun of your height. I would never stoop to that.



[-] -1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 1 year ago

Legalize pot. All the way.

[-] -1 points by Garibaldi (0) 1 year ago

The first step to enacting any form of social change within a society is unity. We as individuals need to stop confining our identities to our ethnic backgrounds. For ultimately what is race but a superficial difference. Beneath the color of our skin and the language that we speak are we not all human? Do we not all strive to obtain a form of happiness for ourselves or our loved ones? Do we not fight back when that happiness is threatened by an outside force? Do we not cry out in anguish if we see that happiness ripped away from us?

I am white. I am an American. But first and foremost I am a human being. So long as the millions of working class citizens maintain this wrongful focus on the window dressings of race and religion, screams will continue emanate from Guantanamo Bay, drones will continue to claim the lives of hundreds of innocents, and the working class will continue to destroy their bodies in an attempt to win a fixed game.