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Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations. This rally for jobs, justice and housing is what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was all about. Governor Dayton can keep his watered down, plastic and politically incorrect celebration – this rally and march is the real McCoy!
by Donald Allen, Editor in Chief of OurBlackNews.com
Minneapolis, MN (IBNN/Editorial Opinion/Community Alert/January 17, 2013)…Occupy the Hood in partnership with Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) to host 2nd Annual MLK Day March and Rally for Jobs, Justice and Housing in downtown Minneapolis with the starting point at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
There has been a split in Minnesota’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day caused by Governor Mark Dayton and his MLK Commission who’s formation was based on a classist bias and those “friendly” with the DFL political plantation. In other words, if you are one of Minnesota’s black elites (hypocrites), you’ve probably already been alerted that you can “celebrate MLK in secret with the governors MLK Commission.” If you really think about it, there is not a need for anyone to crowd in a high school auditorium, tucked neatly away from the public to celebrate the vibrant voice of life, liberty and justice that Dr. King died for.
Occupy the Hood and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) commitment to host this MLK Day march and rally for jobs, justice and housing proves there are still many troops on the front line, men and women who are willing to let their voices be heard publically by the masses.
The rally starts at 12-noon on Monday, January 21st. The route starts at 16th Street at Hennepin Ave – next to the campus of MCTC and will move to Minneapolis City Hall, 350 5th Street with stops along the route include Target Headquarter, US Bank, Nicolet Mall and Wells Fargo Bank.
One of the organizers of the rally, activist Mel Reeves told IBNN, “The MLK birthday too often celebrates the MLK of the I have a Dream speech, but Dr. King became more than a civil rights leader and was at the time of his death, a staunch supporter of human rights as well. In fact, at the time of his assassination he was standing up for the sanitation workers of Memphis who had been denied fair wages working conditions and dignity.”
Reeves goes onto say, “This march seeks to honor the proud legacy of Dr. King. The MLK of the Vietnam and Beyond speech in which he condemns the militarism, materialism and racism in US society and proclaims that: A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death… Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Get your cold weather gear ready for Monday. It’s expected to be somewhere between -2 and -15 degrees. Bringing small children is not recommended in these cold temperatures in Minnesota. Dress loose and in layers.
It all starts at 12-noon on 16th and Hennepin.