On this day 43 years ago Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he’d been organizing marches for sanitation workers and their right to have a public employees union and to bargain collectively.
You won’t see it on TV, but in the last years of his life, Dr. King called for “radical changes” in our economy and questioned a militaristic foreign policy that served Western “capitalists” – prompting denunciations of King in mainstream media.
For decades, two founders of RootsAction – Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon – have been writing articles to reveal this buried history.
Please read one of those articles. And more importantly, join Roots Action to be a part of an organization working to fight militarism and work for economic fairness, just like Martin Luther King Jr.
Although not mentioned in mainstream media nowadays, it was King who declared in 1967 that the United States was “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."
As our country expands its military presence around the world, we need to heed this prophetic leader who criticized Washington for providing "military funds with alacrity and generosity" while dispensing "poverty funds with miserliness."
Action for a Progressive Future (the organization that runs RootsAction) is a nonprofit, progressive, public policy advocacy group that engages people in the democratic process and helps make sure legislators hear their voices.