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Announcement :: Organizing
Two Minutes of Silence for Dr. King
21 Mar 2005
April 4th, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Monday, April 4th, 2005 will mark the 37th anniversary of this tragic day. It is however, widely acknowledged throughout the world that Dr. King was our drum major for peace and justice.

Exactly one year before his assassination, Dr. King spoke at the Riverside church, in Harlem, New York. While his speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence, speaks specifically about the violent and inhumane devastation that the US military unleashed on Vietnam – his words have a familiar echo to the crisis in the world today, particularly in Iraq.
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April 4th, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Monday, April 4th, 2005 will mark the 37th anniversary of this tragic day. It is however, widely acknowledged throughout the world that Dr. King was our drum major for peace and justice.

Exactly one year before his assassination, Dr. King spoke at the Riverside church, in Harlem, New York. While his speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence, speaks specifically about the violent and inhumane devastation that the US military unleashed on Vietnam – his words have a familiar echo to the crisis in the world today, particularly in Iraq. Dr. King stated:

“Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop must be ours”.

Right now as you read this, the American government is spending billions of dollars on an unjust war, ignoring the needs of your community, and preserving oil in a foreign land so that the rich may profit even more. We are paying the costs of this war with our loved one’s limbs and lives. We are paying for this unjust war with our taxes that should be used for jobs, housing, healthcare, and education. The question we must now ask ourselves is, How long can we afford to pay? Thirty-eight years ago Dr. King called for an end to a unjust and racist war which the poor were paying for. We must now join together and call for an end to the unjust and racist wars of our time.

It is in this spirit that we call for April 4th, the day Dr. King was assassinated and February 21st, the assassination of Malcolm X- National Days of Reflection, It is important that these tributes be from the community upwards and not from the corporations downwards. We believe that Dr. King and Malcolm are symbolic not only in their messages but in the kind of power that unity among different segments of our communities can mean in brining about peace, justice, and equality.


With unity, we can better struggle to transform the “nightmare” of our historical experiences and present conditions as a people that brother Malcolm critically talked about. It is from this point that we can begin developing our “dream” or the vision that Dr. King projected.
We need unity to oppose and bring the end of war and occupation in Iraq and the occupation of Haiti. We need unity to oppose and bring an end to Israeli military occupation and segregation of Palestinian people. We need unity to get the U.S. government to stop spending billions of dollars on war and occupation abroad and direct that money to social programs at home. We need unity to ensure that education, health care, housing and employment are human rights that we are all entitled to. We need unity for our own internal transformation.
We will be able to change things by speaking out and standing up for our humanity and dignity. As Dr. King told us in 1967 in Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community, “In the future we must become intensive political activists. We must be guided in this direction because we need political strength more desperately than any other group in American society. Most of us are too poor to have adequate economic power; many of us are too rejected by the culture to be part of any tradition of power.”

Over, $150,000,000,000.00 SPENT
Over, 100,000 Iraqi’s DEAD
Over 1,500 Americans DEAD
Over, 11,000 Americans WOUNDED
0 Weapons of Mass Destruction
The time to act is now!





Monday April 4th 5:30pm-9:00pm
at
The First Church in Roxbury
(Eliot Square) 10 Putnam Street, Roxbury


Music from The Foundation and others, Poetry from Local Artists, and Keynote speaker: Brenda Stokely, president of AFSCME Local 215 in New York City
See also:
http://www.theculturalcafe.com

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