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April 26, 2013
Last week, I joined hundreds of striking fast-food workers on the streets of Harlem, where they held signs that read "I am a Man" and "I am a Woman" and chanted: "You can't survive on $7.25." The demonstration, led by workers struggling to survive on the minimum wage, recalled the organizing that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was engaged in when he was assassinated in Memphis 45 years ago. http://vimeo.com/64726578 Dr. King was in Memphis as part of his Poor People's Campaign. He spoke to striking sanitation workers who, like the fast-food workers in New York City today, said, "We can't do it;...
December 10, 2012
In an 1869 speech in Boston, abolitionist Frederick Douglass challenged most social observers and politicians by advocating the acceptance of Chinese and Japanese immigrants into the United States. He said: There are such things in the world as human rights. They rest upon no conventional foundation, but are external, universal, and indestructible. Among these, is the right of locomotion; the right of migration; the right which belongs to no particular race, but belongs alike to all and to all alike. It is the right you assert by staying here, and your fathers asserted by coming here. It is...