Monday, April 04, 2011

Monday, Monday - a Historic Monday

Tomorrow is election day.

Today is activist day. Notice I did not put the words activist day in capital letters; nothing formal or official comes with the title. Looking around my simple and limited life, however, I noticed there's a lot going on.

I had two emails from our local OFA (Organizing for America) group - one with a calendar of events, one with information on how to help with recall efforts. There are a lot of angry voters in Wisconsin - on both red and blue sides.

I checked my school email. Yesterday was a Grade-In at the mall (I missed it - maybe I can make the next one). Today is a huge rally in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., and his tireless support for workers' rights. Here's a little information from an organizer.

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis as he labored to bring economic justice and respect for 1,300 city sanitation workers.

On Monday -- the anniversary of Dr. King’s death – the National Education Association and other labor unions, civil rights organizations, and religious leaders will stand together across this country for the same human rights and human dignity for working men and women.

On Monday, we will remind our elected officials that workers’ rights are human rights. These groups will host a range of community and workplace-focused actions across the country starting this weekend.

On Monday, remembering the courage and determination of Dr. King and those Memphis sanitation workers who endured assault and arrest as they walked a picket line for two months, we will stand together with public workers across this country whose bargaining rights are under attack, with private workers who can’t get bargaining rights, and against those politicians and their allies who want to silence our political voice.

On Monday, we will fight back against those who are trying to silence the voices of workers and the middle class in Wisconsin, Ohio, Idaho, Florida, Tennessee and countless other states. How will you stand up for workers on April 4?

Well, I'm blogging. And I'm Tweeting, and Plurking, and I might even post a notice on Facebook. I'll continue to post worker history, both national and local, and I'll get ready to vote. It's an Activist Day - official or not, I think it's earned its capitals.

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Blogger Jeff said...

Note: It is also Walk Around Things Day. (capitalized) Wish there were a sign I could carry to show my appreciation for what all you (plural) do AND somehow nicely point out the absolute necessity to be fiscally responsible.

4/04/2011 10:16 AM  

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