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Every year on what is now commonly referred to as MLK Day, the media floods the airwaves with a barrage of programs dedicated to his memory, or segments on “civil rights in America today.” Talking heads discuss how far we have come, and what else needs to be done.
Television viewers, radio listeners, and folks on the Internet comment, if only for a day, and then go back to their regular lives, convinced progress is being made, as if all Dr. King espoused were encapsulated in the “I have a Dream” speech. As Dr. West often says, “we deodorize him.”
Before Dr. King’s birthday, while listening to the Marc Steiner show, I learned about a new effort to link his philosophy with present day struggles, the Occupy the Dream movement. Essentially, it involves African-American faith leaders aligning themselves with members of Occupy Wall Street in an effort to bring more folks of color into the struggle, and demand very specific changes in national policy, which, according to the group’s press release, includes:
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- A Constitutional Amendment to limit the amount of and role of corporate money in politics;
- Full funding of Pell Grants and greater access to low interest student loans;
- An end to the Bush Era Tax cuts that assist the rich;
- An immediate end to foreclosures and the development of a plan to put people back in their homes;
- Employment and training programs for the returning soldiers who come back and others in need;
- Rebuilding the Nations Infrastructure including bridges, roads, tunnel, highway, etc.
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