Friday, January 16, 2009

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

This Monday, January 19, we celebrate the Birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today as more people are sliding into economic Depression after eight years of Federal mismanagement and corruption, Dr. King's message is more timely than ever.

In his famous "I Have a Dream" Speech Dr. King said,

"It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children."

Complete Speech is at

Today we live in a nation that has become known world-wide for War, Torture, and hidden Ghost Prisons. Where working people are losing their incomes and homes. Where taxpayer fortunes bail out the culprits who ruined our economy in the first place, while the peoples who built everything stand on the outsides with empty hands. If Dr. King were alive today he would be leading the struggle for Economic Equality. Fortunately, however, this struggle continues. As Barbara Jordan once said, "What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise." Please pitch in for everyone's good.

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