We need to tell the story of unionization and collective action at least as much as we tell the story of resignation.
We are not seeing acts of revolutionary uprising. What we are seeing is the rise of terrorism and authoritarianism.
In the summer of 1800, Gabriel Prosser, an enslaved blacksmith, planned a slave insurrection in Richmond Virginia. Information about the rebellion was leaked, and it was thwarted. Prosser and 25 of his followers were taken captive and hanged.
The completely tone-deaf Vice President of the United States Mike Pence yesterday quoted the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to defend Donald Trump’s racist efforts to build a wall along the southern border.
Pence was on television on Sunday, just one day before the Martin Luther King federal holiday. In trying to justify spending billions for a nonsensical wall that almost nobody wants, Pence used a quote from King’s most famous public address, the “I Have a Dream” speech he gave at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.
“One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was ‘Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.'”
Then, referring to the murdered civil rights leader, the vice president added:
“You think of how he changed America. He inspired us to change through the legislative process, to become a more perfect union.”
“That’s exactly what President Trump is calling on Congress to do — come to the table in the spirit of good faith.”
“We’ll secure our border. We’ll reopen the government, and we’ll move our nation forward, as the president said yesterday, to even a broader discussion about immigration reform in the months ahead.”
Many people were shocked that Pence, part of the most racist administration in U.S. history, tried to justify Trump’s racist behavior — and build public support for it — by appropriating the words of the most beloved civil rights activist America has ever known.
Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s Democratic non-voting delegate to Congress, tweeted:
“We’ve got to remember on #MartinLutherKing‘s birthday the progress we’ve made. At the same time we can’t allow Vice President Pence to get away with cleansing the president on Martin Luther King’s birthday.”
.@EleanorNorton: We've got to remember on #MartinLutherKing's birthday the progress we've made. At the same time we can't allow Vice President Pence to get away with cleansing the president on Martin Luther King's birthday. #AMJoy pic.twitter.com/ODcxkl6OCj
With a single tweet about Martin Luther King, Donald Trump revealed why he is going to be a disaster of a president.
Entitlements were under siege last night, as were any services to the poor. It wasn't a debate; it was an homage to wealth and bigotry.
We need to call out the appalling in our midst. And we should never, ever, apologize for telling the truth about them
Leading by example, President Obama urged people to get involved in their community, writing "As one people, we will show when ordinary citizens come together to participate in the democracy we love, justice will not be denied."
MLK was a radical who wanted to eradicate poverty through a guaranteed income program, and he wanted to give reparations to black Americans.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this year's major Oscar nominations early Thursday morning and revealed that the civil rights film Selma had been passed over for all of the major awards other than Best Picture.
Assemblyman Ira Hansen was selected earlier this month to be Assembly Speaker once the new legislative session begins. He has a long history of making bigoted and offensive statements.
"The widening divide in incomes between the poor and rich poses the most likely threat to the global economy over the next decade" according to the World Economic Forum
White people have largely ended violence. Now, it is time for telling the truth about privilege and facing what it means to lose it.
Today it is President Obama fighting Republicans to give all Americans the opportunities Dr. King sought for people of color, and besides not acknowledging income inequality even exists, Republicans are redoubling their advocacy of Reagan policies.
Ted and Rafael Cruz are just two more in a long line of American political paranoiacs. The list of conspiracy theories is long and often peculiar
Instead of a public outcry against blatant racism, main stream media failed to report the story on every evening newscast across the country.
The trend to label ordinary American activists as domestic terrorists is alarming, bringing to new reasons to revisit the PATRIOT act.
The problem remains that Detroiters are being ignored and held hostage by their own Governor Snyder, who flagrantly violated their voting rights.
The clock is ticking, and Detroit's new Emergency Manager is listening. June 23 is the 50th anniversary of the date when Dr. Martin Luther King gave his first 'I Have a Dream' speech in Detroit.
The theory that Martin Luther King would have agreed with the NRA and other Second Amendment radicals is completely refuted by King's comments on guns after JFK's assassination.