Hope in an Age of Crisis:
Reclaiming Dr. King’s Radical Vision for ……………… Economic Equality
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration and Public Meeting
Sunday, January 19, 2014
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
8235 S. South Shore Drive, Chicago
Musical celebration and registration at 2:30 pm.
Public meeting will start promptly at 3:00 pm.
Sponsored by IIRON and The People’s Lobby.
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We are truly in an age of crisis.
Economic, social, environmental and political crises urgently demand our collective response.
- Economic inequality is higher than at anytime since the Great Depression. Work that sustained the middle class is disappearing and being replaced by low wage jobs. Cuts to vital government programs and services are making things much worse.
- Prisons are overflowing with people of color and undocumented immigrants suffering outrageous incarceration rates because of structural racism.
- Climate change threatens to bring widespread human suffering and the mass extinction of species, yet our planet continues to be abused for corporate profit.
- Political corruption, fueled by a campaign finance system overrun with corporate cash, has made our political leadership unresponsive to the needs of citizens. Increasingly, corporate welfare is replacing the common good.
Dr. King understood racism would never be eradicated so long as profit motive was the primary value of our economic and political systems. Instead, Dr. King articulated a radical vision for economic equality and for “a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few.”1
Dr. King called us to revolutionize our nation’s values:
“I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society…
A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”2
We need to BUILD OUR POWER in order to revolutionize our nation’s values.
There are two sources of power in the public arena: organized people AND organized money. We need your money as much as we need your presence on King Day.
Large corporations and the richest 1% have a vast amount of money to promote their agenda, but they have no popular support. Polls show that the vast majority of Americans want progressive economic policies, but getting our message out, organizing people and training leaders costs money. We don’t need to match their money, but we do need to raise enough to be effective.
We cannot wait for someone else to lead this revolution of values.
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1Speech given to the AFL-CIO Fourth Constitutional Convention, December, 1961.
2Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence, a speech given at Manhattan’s Riverside Church, April 1967.