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The World Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream Speech"

This week, the world remembers the 50 Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. As powerful as that speech was, Dr. King’s speech at Riverside Church (“Beyond Vietnam”) in New York on April 4, 1967 speaks to the fierce urgency of NOW.

 

…A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of

poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see

individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa,

and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social

betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance

with the landed gentry of South America and say, “This is not just.” The Western

arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn

from them is not just.

 

America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way

in this revolution of values. There is nothing except a tragic death wish to prevent

us from reordering our priorities so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence

over the pursuit of war. There is nothing to keep us from molding a recalcitrant

status quo with bruised hands until we have fashioned it into a brotherhood.

 

These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old

systems of exploitation and oppression, and out of the wounds of a frail world,

new systems of justice and equality are being born. The shirtless and barefoot

people of the land are rising up as never before. The people who sat in darkness

have seen a great light. We in the West must support these revolutions.

 

A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must

become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an

overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their

individual societies.

 

This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond

one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and

unconditional love for all mankind.

 

We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are

confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life

and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the

thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost

opportunity

 

If we will make the right choice, we will be able to transform the jangling discords

of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. If we will but make the

right choice, we will be able to speed up the day, all over America and all over the

world, when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty

stream.

50th Anniversary of a Historic March on Washington D.C.

This week, the world remembers the 50 Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. As powerful as that speech was, Dr. King’s speech at Riverside Church (“Beyond Vietnam”) in New York on April 4, 1967 speaks to the fierce urgency of NOW.

 

…A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of

poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see

individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa,

and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social

betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance

with the landed gentry of South America and say, “This is not just.” The Western

arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn

from them is not just.

 

America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way

in this revolution of values. There is nothing except a tragic death wish to prevent

us from reordering our priorities so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence

over the pursuit of war. There is nothing to keep us from molding a recalcitrant

status quo with bruised hands until we have fashioned it into a brotherhood.

 

These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old

systems of exploitation and oppression, and out of the wounds of a frail world,

new systems of justice and equality are being born. The shirtless and barefoot

people of the land are rising up as never before. The people who sat in darkness

have seen a great light. We in the West must support these revolutions.

 

A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must

become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an

overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their

individual societies.

 

This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond

one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and

unconditional love for all mankind.

 

We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are

confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life

and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the

thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost

opportunity

 

If we will make the right choice, we will be able to transform the jangling discords

of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. If we will but make the

right choice, we will be able to speed up the day, all over America and all over the

world, when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty

stream.

50th Anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" Speech

This week, the world remembers the 50 Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. As powerful as that speech was, Dr. King’s speech at Riverside Church (“Beyond Vietnam”) in New York on April 4, 1967 speaks to the fierce urgency of NOW.

 

…A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of

poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see

individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa,

and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social

betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance

with the landed gentry of South America and say, “This is not just.” The Western

arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn

from them is not just.

 

America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way

in this revolution of values. There is nothing except a tragic death wish to prevent

us from reordering our priorities so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence

over the pursuit of war. There is nothing to keep us from molding a recalcitrant

status quo with bruised hands until we have fashioned it into a brotherhood.

 

These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old

systems of exploitation and oppression, and out of the wounds of a frail world,

new systems of justice and equality are being born. The shirtless and barefoot

people of the land are rising up as never before. The people who sat in darkness

have seen a great light. We in the West must support these revolutions.

 

A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must

become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an

overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their

individual societies.

 

This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond

one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and

unconditional love for all mankind.

 

We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are

confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life

and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the

thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost

opportunity

 

If we will make the right choice, we will be able to transform the jangling discords

of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. If we will but make the

right choice, we will be able to speed up the day, all over America and all over the

world, when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty

stream.

Seattle is a DACA-Friendly City

July 24 – Seattle City Hall.  Mayor Mike McGinn asked a room full of ethnic media and community members to inform DACA-eligible young folks about City and community efforts to assist them in the application process.  Specifically, he pointed out two City efforts:
1.  DOCUMENTATION:  Seattle City Light will accept the addition of a DACA-eligible person’s name on their household’s utility account; this will enable them to use this as one document of proof that they have been here over the course of the utility account.
2.  ANTI-FRAUD INFORMATION:  To prevent fraudulent claims by people preying upon DACA-eligible youth and their families, the Seattle Channel has produced public service announcement warnings.
Community groups providing FREE legal services (Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, NWIRP) and access to funding to pay the $465 application fees (21 PROGRESS) were also highlighted by theMayor.
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Seattle is a DACA-Friendly City

July 24 – Seattle City Hall.  Mayor Mike McGinn asked a room full of ethnic media and community members to inform DACA-eligible young folks about City and community efforts to assist them in the application process.  Specifically, he pointed out two City efforts:
1.  DOCUMENTATION:  Seattle City Light will accept the addition of a DACA-eligible person’s name on their household’s utility account; this will enable them to use this as one document of proof that they have been here over the course of the utility account.
2.  ANTI-FRAUD INFORMATION:  To prevent fraudulent claims by people preying upon DACA-eligible youth and their families, the Seattle Channel has produced public service announcement warnings.
Community groups providing FREE legal services (Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, NWIRP) and access to funding to pay the $465 application fees (21 PROGRESS) were also highlighted by the Mayor.
Below is the video stream from the event:
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Fasting to Suspend Deportations

Program Manager, James To, supported the national fasting campaign that has been moving across the country since May Day.  He joined members from the Seattle area labor community, fasting for 24 hours beginning 9 am Tuesday (7/2).  The campaign is aimed at suspending deportations while Comprehensive Immigration Reform is being debated in Congress.  The national fast is being organized by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

“Despite all of us having very busy schedules, James volunteered to represent 21 PROGRESS in this national rolling fast to be in solidarity with all the ally organizations participating, said executive director, Sharon Maeda.  “Throughout the fast, he continued to work as usual with a very long day yesterday and joining his former union, UFCW 21, on an informational picket at QFC this morning!”

Grocery Workers Picket Stores

UFCW 21 and sister unions, held informational pickets at 12 different grocery stores around the Puget Sound area.  Contract negotiations, which started in March, have stalled with Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, QFC and Safeway.
During the busy lunch hour, Ivan Cuevas, Sharon Maeda, James To and many other allies joined grocery workers at the QFC on Broadway at Pike in Seattle.  Leaflets explained to customers and passers by that the grocery corporate management is offering nothing, and are trying to take away paid sick leave.  Seattle is the only city in Washington that has mandatory paid sick leave, which went into effect last year.