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Workers, Race and Class: Black Resistance from 1968 to 4.4.17
Tue, April 4, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Please join us as we honor the legacy and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the anniversary of his assassination. On April 4, Fight for 15 will be hosting a special Panel Discussion with leaders in St. Petersburg connecting the dots between Dr. King's struggle for racial and economic justice and the battles we are fighting today.
We will hear from leaders of the historic 1968 sanitation worker strike in St Petersburg and how those events connect with the fight for fair wages and worker rights today as the Trump administration gears up to expand Right to Work and decimate the working class.
“It is certainly true that the forces that are anti-Negro are by and large anti-labor, and with the coming together of the powerful influence of labor and all people of goodwill in the struggle for freedom and human dignity, I can assure you that we have a powerful instrument.” --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Oct. 2, 1957
Please join us April 4 as we strategize to fight back against Republican efforts to curtail protest via draconian legislation and discuss ways to strengthen the fight against systemic racism and poverty wages that are dragging communities of color down all across the country.
When Martin Luther King Jr. was killed nearly 50 years ago, he was in Memphis to support black sanitation workers who were on strike against politicians intent on busting their union. King saw a deep link between the labor and civil rights movements and believed that union rights were fundamental to achieving racial justice. He died while in Memphis for a strike because he knew that when people join together they build power to make change. Let's continue that vision together.