Join us to say NO to racism and police brutality
San Francisco Action
Contingent at MLK Day Parade
Monday, January 19, 11:00 a.m
CalTrain Station – south of the Lefty O’Doul Bridge near AT&T Park
Join us in honoring the true legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be marching for an end to racism, police killings and poverty.
Click here for a news story on the ANSWER Coalition’s outreach yesterday, Jan. 17. <http://abc7news.com/news/bay-area-mlk-rallies-call-for-equality/479504/>
From Jan. 15 -19, the ANSWER Coalition is joining with many others who have proclaimed that this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend will be a time for protest and resistance, and are organizing dramatic street actions throughout the country.
In New York City, activists are taking the message into the subways and on to the trains. In San Francisco, a speak-out will be followed by a similar activity on the trains and buses. In Washington, D.C., DC Ferguson is organizing a “Shut Down Downtown” march during morning rush hour. In cities across the country, there will be speak-outs, visibility, outreach and contingents in Martin Luther King Jr. parades and walks.
This country needs a sustained nationwide movement against racism and police terror. Join a protest near you or organize one today!
Click here for a list of actions. <http://www.answercoalition.org/protest_and_resistance_on_jan_15_19_martin_luther_king_jr_holiday_weekend#events>
Call to Action
The political establishment, from the White House to City Halls everywhere, will evoke Dr. Martin Luther King’s heroism and his “I Have a Dream Speech” as a way of legitimizing the tradition of dissent in U.S. history. Yet for the millions who have taken to the streets in reaction to the growing national movement against racist police terror, the words and legacy of Dr. King carry a different meaning.
Having his life threatened by the FBI and finally being assassinated by the most reactionary elements in the United States, Dr. King was known in his later years as a staunch critic of the U.S. economic and political system that forced upon the Black nation poverty and violence, yet preached “liberty” and “democracy” abroad.
Dr. King said, “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 — we must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”
Today, after the killings of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Rumain Brisbon, Ezell Ford and so many more – all racist police killings of unarmed Black men who have received no justice by the same system Dr. King condemned years ago – the growing movement against racism and police terror can reclaim the radical tradition of one of the key figures of the civil rights movement.
Across the country, the ANSWER Coalition and scores of other national and local organizations are taking part in speak-outs, actions on public transportation, contingents in parades and more demanding “Stop the War on Black America” and “Stop Racist Police Terror.”
More info: 415-821-6545 or http://www.ANSWERsf.org
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