|Fifty years since Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, his message about the "triple evils" of racism, poverty, and militarism - plus the addition of ecological devastation - is being revived through the Poor People's Campaign. We're teaming up with the campaign to announce the launch of 40 days of nonviolent direct action across the country.
The kick-off starts on May 14. Can you join us and our partners in the Poor People's Campaign at an action? Go here.
Whether or not one of the actions is near you or you can make it, please take these steps online right now in support of this multi-issue movement for change:
Add your name to co-sign the Restoring Overtime Pay Act.
Tell Congress to pass the Equality Act to Protect LGBTQ Americans from Discrimination.
Help end the abusive use of tasers in U.S. jails.
On May 14th, we will protest at more than 30 statehouses and the U.S. Capitol demanding a massive overhaul of the nation's voting rights laws, new programs to lift up the many millions of Americans living in poverty, immediate action to protect the environment, and measures that curb militarism and the war economy.
In MLK's famous 1967 speech at Riverside Church, he said that the United States would "never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic, destructive suction tube." Half a century later, King's words still ring true. The U.S. spends over $1 trillion annually on its military machine, while millions of Americans live below the poverty line and lack access to safe drinking water, food, jobs, housing, education, and other basic human needs.
King called on people to heed the "fierce urgency of now" by taking immediate, positive action for change. In 2018, that urgency for action remains. Join us in the call for a moral revival.
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-- The RootsAction.org Team
P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.