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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hundreds of low-wage workers, faith leaders, civil rights organizers and liberal activists were arrested in demonstrations in Washington and outside statehouses across the US on Monday as they resumed the work Martin Luther King left unfinished. Fifty years after King launched the Poor People's Campaign against economic inequality, militarism and racial injustice, demonstrators revived that fight, kicking off 40 days of nonviolent action. The new effort, The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, is being led by co-chairs William Barber, a pastor at Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and Liz Theoharis, an ordained minister and anti-poverty campaigner from New York City.

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YES!! Amen Brothers and Sisters, Amen!

#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-05-15 06:57 AM | Reply

We need millions to join them. When I find them locally I will be there with them. We need an overwhelming number to join, to demand TV coverage, so huge we can't be ignored.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-15 08:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The problem is these people aren't advocating what MLK advocated.

#3 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-05-15 11:34 AM | Reply | Funny: 3 | Newsworthy 1

#3 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

It seems you've only accepted the fabled, more palatable version of Dr. King.

#4 | Posted by memyselfini at 2018-05-15 12:02 PM | Reply

"The campaign's list of demands are long and aspirational. It includes federal and state minimum wage laws "commensurate for the 21st century economy", relief from student loan debt, a repeal of the 2017 GOP tax cuts legislation, restoration of the Voting Rights Act, an end to mass incarceration, a fracking ban, protection of public lands, a cessation of US military involvement and universal healthcare."

Wtf. Seriously? Using MLKs name for a protest that is only to protest Liberal demands is an incredibly insensitive move. So MLK was protesting fracking? He never protested anything about universal healthcare, just that healthcare not discriminate. The 2017 tax cuts that applies to everyone equally across the board was never an issue with MLK. Several of the other points are just false exaggerations of what MLK was protesting.

All of the points are serious issues that should have Liberal involvement. But all this article does is infer that anyone can protest anything and as long as they make one remark about racial injustice, they are picking up where MLK left off. Why didn't they throw gun ownership in there? MLK had a huge cache of guns. The reason why they didn't...this is a Liberal protest. What a damn shame by anyone who allows this type of injustice be done to MLK's legacy. Big damn shame. Nothing wrong with protesting the issues, especially on social injustices. America needs the Liberal voice. But this has gone way too damn far to make a point. If you can't make a convincing protest without making false claims and exaggerations, your protest has already failed. And you trivialize what MLK accomplished, as well.

#5 | Posted by Tribunal at 2018-05-15 12:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Peaceful protest is the ONLY path forward to effect meaningful change. ALL incremental change for the last forty years has been against working citizens.

#6 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-05-15 12:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It seems you've only accepted the fabled, more palatable version of Dr. King.

#4 | POSTED BY MEMYSELFINI

He was a flawed human being. We all are. Doesn't change the fact that what he advocated for is not the same thing as what present-day activists advocate for.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-05-15 12:34 PM | Reply

Trump's Amerika looks a whole lot like Putin's Russia.

#7

"The campaign's list of demands are long and aspirational. It includes federal and state minimum wage laws "commensurate for the 21st century economy", relief from student loan debt, a repeal of the 2017 GOP tax cuts legislation, restoration of the Voting Rights Act, an end to mass incarceration, a fracking ban, protection of public lands, a cessation of US military involvement and universal healthcare."

All things MLK would hardily endorsed.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2018-05-15 12:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Peaceful protests, sit in's, walk out's, labor strikes are the only way to go.

But I agree that the focus needs to remain narrow, or at least consolidated to 2-3 related items at a time.

Three concise ideals to run with:
1)federal and state minimum wage laws "commensurate for the 21st century economy"
2)universal healthcare
3)economic equality/diversity

When you mix a protest salad, the individual ingredients get lost.
But the most important aspect is peaceful, non-violent, non-threatening. The most difficult part of organizing large events is the keep out the disruptive agitators from co-opting the event and destroying the message.

Mobs will never be listened to and gives the opposition ammo to smear the org's leadership.

#9 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-05-15 01:26 PM | Reply

#9 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

I have a hunch people said the same thing during MLK's marches.

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-05-15 05:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

1000+?

Now thats news worth.

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2018-05-15 06:04 PM | Reply

MLK wanted to stop US militarism and widen the war on poverty to include white people. This caused J Edgar Hoover to declare him a communist and the most dangerous man in America. Hoover sent videos of his trysts with some of MLK's lovers to MLK's wife. He had FBI agents on his tail 24/7. There is no doubt FBI agents witnessed his assassination. Presidents from Kennedy to Nixon considered MLK a giant headache.

#12 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-05-15 07:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#10 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

Violence, property damage, attacking police isn't the answer.
Peaceful protest, sit-in/walk-out, labor strike is the answer.

It's takes more than a Saturday afternoon when you're off work. It's for the long haul.
You don't have willingness or desire to commit to such a thing. Typical.

#13 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-05-15 10:14 PM | Reply

I see the resident Russians are already sniffing around this movement.

#14 | Posted by Tor at 2018-05-16 02:49 AM | Reply

"On Monday, you joined the Washington Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival to launch the largest wave of nonviolent in civil disobedience in US history. This action kicks off our our six-week season of nonviolent direct action in Washington.

For the first week, we focused on child poverty, women in poverty and people with disabilities. Monday's actions come as the Trump administration pushes work requirements for SNAP recipients and seeks to cut $7 billion from a child healthcare program.

Supporters took these incredible photos:

We're going to continue to draw attention the needs of children, women, and people with disabilities in poverty in other events this week"

#15 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-05-16 04:38 AM | Reply

Possums post packs a punch.

Sounds like Christs ways.

#16 | Posted by Tor at 2018-05-16 12:22 PM | Reply

"Mobs will never be listened to and gives the opposition ammo to smear the org's leadership. "

Yeah that Million Man March didn't affect anything. Riiight!!!

#17 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-16 12:29 PM | Reply

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