Parading Over King's Legacy? A Call to Renew the Martin Luther King’s Dream on Jan 19th, 1 pm

 
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01/19/2015 - 1:01pm
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Join us for an alternative MLK March in 2015 -- Here is why.
1) ON MON. JAN 19TH @ 1 PM -- MEET AT THE CITY HEIGHTS AMPHITHEATER TO MARCH TO THE MALCOLM X LIBRARY
2) JOIN US MON. JAN 19 @ 7 pm FOR ASD'S GEN. MEETING; READING MLK'S QUOTES AND DISCUSSION OF POLICE BRUTALITY & THE NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. PLEASE, ATTEND.
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Parading Over King's Legacy?
A Call to Renew the Martin Luther King’s Dream Through Action

There are those who tried to bury the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King Jr. when he was alive. There are those who are trying to bury the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King Jr. today. There are still others who would like to proclaim the end of the MLK's causes or movements and go on with business as usual.

Not long ago we fought for the recognition of a national holiday and street naming for Martin Luther King Jr. and were opposed by the forces of reaction and bigotry. We thought we won that battle, but today those very same forces are seen riding in the parade to win Black votes, garner favor and/or promote their particular interests. We can say with confidence that Martin would have been horrified at the content of what passes for parades "in his honor". For example: Contingents of ICE/INS Immigration Police, Marines & Air Force or having young ROTC students parading with rifles was not King's idea of a lasting tribute to his life dedicated to peace and non-violence.

As we marched in San Diego's Martin Luther King parade these last few years, we asked ourselves - What enduring message do the participants and the public take away from these parades? Have they been inspired, motivated or educated by the extraordinary legacy of a man who gave his all to participate and lead a movement for full civil, full social equality and against war & militarism on a global basis? Do they remember that MLK worked to create a mass movement for peace and social justice? Martin participated with hundreds of other leaders (from Malcolm X to Rosa Parks) and hundreds of thousands of other everyday activists. Today we desperately need new leaders and hundreds of thousands of new activist participants to build, sustain and invigorate today's civil rights movement. Is today’s parade on the cutting edge of today’s efforts towards economic and social equality for all?

What parade would Martin endorse? King would lead or support a parade, that features today's causes: Ending an unjust war that murders our brothers and sisters of color in another land and bringing a stop to all wars of aggression; Expanding voter rights; affirmative action; educational equality in the public school system; expanded labor and union rights; ending police brutality & environmental racism; building schools not jails, abolishing the death penalty; supporting immigrant rights; ending job discrimination; preventing election fraud; stopping racial profiling; rebuilding the social "safety net"; and promoting peace with justice at home & abroad. How many of these struggles are featured in our parades?

We need to honor and celebrate Martin Luther King through action! Would Martin be inactive today or be sitting on the sidelines celebrating the completion of the civil rights movement and the fulfillment of the "dream" of full equality… or would Martin be confronting the power brokers by mobilizing and organizing against war and injustice? Martin would call on us to march for today’s critical causes.

The general theme of future San Diego parades should be: "Keep the dream alive, build Peace everywhere, rebuild a movement, celebrate and honor Martin Luther King through social action." To be an organizational participant in the King Parade groups should have to show that they are working to implement his vision the other 364 days of the year, particularly his vision for international peace and a participatory civil rights movement aimed at fuller social equity.
The Martin Luther King Jr. parade will soon be indistinguishable from the Holiday Bowl parade UNLESS we reclaim his legacy of struggle for social justice.

Let's march with Martin’s vision, not parade over his legacy.
Let's unite around a new type of parade and organize to put his
moral vision at the heart of the event focused on today’s causes.
Martin will live on only through our actions.

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