Monday, January 16, 2017

MLK Quote Sums Up the Rise Of White Supremacy Post-Trump

By Zeba Blay 

Martin Luther King, Jr. said and wrote many poignant and profound things during his lifetime, certainly too many to count, but one quote from the Civil Rights icon feels eerily prophetic in light of Donald Trump’s presidency. 

On July 16, 1964, King released a statement on the Republican presidential nomination of Barry Goldwater. Goldwater had run a campaign based on a new kind of conservatism that was staunchly against civil rights reform and implicitly pro-white. Goldwater concerned King, who felt the candidate legitimized and incited an uptick of white supremacist ideology in the Republican party.

“It was both unfortunate and disastrous that the Republican Party nominated Barry Goldwater as its candidate for President of the United States,” King declared, warning of Goldwater’s “trigger-happy attitude that could plunge the whole world into the dark abyss of annihilation.” His thoughts on Goldwater’s stance on race and civil rights are equally striking. 

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Source: The Huffington Post 

MLK’s Daughter On Why Her Father’s Legacy Is Important Now More Than Ever


By Lilly Workneh

The Rev. Bernice King believes that if her father, the legendary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were to reflect on the state of race in America today, he wouldn’t express shock or surprise.

“He would be disappointed that America as a whole did not take heed to some of the things that he encouraged us to do as a nation, which was to wipe out the last vestiges of racism,” King told The Huffington Post in an interview ahead of MLK Day.

Her father’s wish may have been a tall order, but it was one he believed was possible to achieve, in large part, through unconditional acts of love and kindness. As we commemorate MLK Day on Monday and as we enter a political era that has welcomed racism, King says now is a time, more than ever, for all Americans to reflect on and uphold these lessons in achieving equality that her father proudly preached.

“Daddy taught us through his philosophy of nonviolence, which placed love at the centerpiece, that through that love we can turn enemies into friends,” she said. “Through that love, we can create more dignified atmospheres.” 

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Source: The Huffington Post

John Lewis Leads the Charge Against Donald Trump as U.S. Marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The feud between President-elect Donald Trump and civil rights icon John Lewis took on added meaning Monday, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, with Trump in his Manhattan apartment building and Lewis leading an event honoring King.

Trump used Twitter to mark the holiday, calling on people to "Celebrate Martin Luther King Day and all of the many wonderful things that he stood for." Trump also will meet privately with King's son, Martin Luther King 3rd, spokesman Sean Spicer said. He had no public events planned.
Lewis, meanwhile, is set to be the keynote speaker at a King scholarship breakfast in Miami. The legendary Freedom Rider and top organizer of the 1963 March on Washington seems intent on making Trump his new fight.

Lewis said in an interview on NBC News' "Meet the Press" on Sunday, that he doesn't believe Trump is a "legitimate president" and that he wouldn't be attending the presidential inauguration for the first time in his 30-year political career, citing the intelligence community's explosive findings over Russian hacking of the presidential election.

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Happy Birthday (Stevie Wonder Tribute to MLK)

Source: SPOTTV

King Dream Chorus - King Holiday 1986 ( All-Star Tribute to Martin Luther King)

This video features Whitney Houston, Kurtis Blow , Grandmaster Flash , RunDMC , Fat Boys, Whodini , New Edition , James Taylor (lead voice of Kool & The Gang) , Stacy Lattisaw , Stephanie Mills , Lisa Lisa and many others.

Danny Glover: 'We Must Organize in the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.'

This video was published on YouTube on December 6, 2016.

Actor and activist Danny Glover spoke at Democracy Now!’s 20th anniversary at Riverside Church—the very same place where civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic speech against the Vietnam War in 1967. As Danny Glover addressed more than 2,000 people, he called on the crowd and the country to organize once again in the spirit of Martin Luther King.

Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on nearly 1,400 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: 'Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam'

This video was uploaded to YouTube on January 11, 2007. 

Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. against the "triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism." 

Tavis Smiley on Dr. Martin Luther King's Final Year

This video was published on YouTube on October 1, 2014. 

Public radio and TV host Tavis Smiley explains why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is so misunderstood; why his final year was so difficult for him; and how he died a lonely man. 

Source: Mimi Geerges

Cuomo: 'Yet There is Still Much More Work to Be Done'

Statement from the Governor on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Today, we honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., celebrate his life, and reflect on his unrelenting commitment to justice for all. As a result of Dr. King’s leadership, we have achieved much progress in creating a fairer, more just state and nation. Yet there is still much more work to be done. Now more than ever, it is incumbent upon us to continue Dr. King’s crusade for equal rights.

"We still have a judicial system that is supposed to be blind, but that all too often finds the scales of justice tipped by resources or race. Together, we must take concrete steps to repair our broken criminal justice system and ensure we are all treated equally under the law.

"As part of our ‘New York Promise’ agenda, I will be advancing a comprehensive reform package to fix New York’s bail system, ensure a speedy trial, protect the integrity of investigations and raise the age of criminal responsibility.

"In the words of Dr. King, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’ and we must do everything in our power to remedy injustice here in New York and lead the nation forward toward a brighter, stronger, more united future.” 

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 

Dozens Attend Senator Sanders' MLK Day Debate on Obama Administration

In honor of MLK Day, Senator James Sanders Jr. hosted an exciting debate on the Obama administration, posing the question of whether it was fruitful or fruitless. 

Senator Sanders along with Dr. Lessie Branch argued the fruitless side, citing the decrease in black wealth, income, retirement and home ownership for African-Americans under Obama, along with an increase in poverty. 

The fruitful side was argued by Dr. Dierdre Cooper-Owens and the Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt who cited improvements for the country in the areas of healthcare, the economy and the environment. 

The audience decided the winner and concluded it was a tie. The moderator was Dr. Ron Daniels.

This is Part 1 of several other videos that are available on the senator's YouTube channel

Source: The Office of State Senator James Sanders, Jr. 

Recommitting Ourselves to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream


The following statement was submitted by Morris Dees, Founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Today is a very special day – a time for us to not only pay tribute to one of our nation's greatest leaders but to reflect upon and recommit ourselves to the ideals that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. championed.

But we shouldn't fool ourselves.

Dr. King's vision for what America can become – a vision for which he and many others gave their lives – is under fierce attack.

In four days we will have a new president – a man who has denigrated Muslims, Latinos, African Americans, women, people with disabilities and others.

Our president-elect is a man who has chosen a senior adviser who enabled the rise of a white nationalist movement.

Donald Trump will be working with a Congress that promises to shred the social safety net – most assuredly the health care law that is protecting millions of Americans from sickness and economic ruin.

While we should remain clear-eyed about the storm we're facing, we must not be daunted.

I know deep in my heart that, standing together, we can weather this storm. We can and will defeat the forces of extremism. We've come too far to turn back now.

But it will take an army of compassionate people, working peacefully, with the will to sacrifice and the strong wind of truth at our backs. On this day, I'll reflect on what more I can do. I hope you will, too.

What Coretta Scott King Would Tell Us Now

By Goldie Taylor

So much of the work King and her husband devoted their lives to remains undone. With the world remaining too full of suffering and injustice, we need King’s example more than ever. 

MEMPHIS—When I first set eyes upon her, she was seated in the pulpit of a small red brick church surrounded by luminaries—an ecumenical gathering of clergy and civil rights leaders from around the world. Then-President Bill Clinton delivered a rousing address as the congregation, pressed shoulder-to-shoulder in the freshly polished pews, repeatedly leapt to its feet with applause.  

They had come to celebrate the 67th birthday of her slain husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and it had only been 10 years since the recognition of a national holiday in his honor. His tomb, situated in an outer courtyard between the church and the King Center offices, is enshrined above an ever-flowing fountain and adorned with a flame that never goes out.

As concerned as Coretta Scott King had been about eradicating poverty and advancing equal rights abroad, she never forgot that there was work yet undone here in the U.S. For her, the torch always burned bright. A posthumous memoir, My Life, My Love, My Legacy, was released by journalist Barbara Reynolds. The book, as told to Reynolds over the course of 30 years, sheds light on her life and gives new voice to a woman who had been anything but silent. 

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Source: The Daily Beast 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Major Speakers Confirmed for NAN's 'King Day Public Policy Forum'

On January 16, from 1p.m. to 4 p.m., the National Action Network (NAN) will hold its annual King Day Public Policy Forum in New York City. 

The event will be held at the House of Justice, located at 106 West 145 Street at Malcolm X Blvd, and streamed live at 

NAN has confirmed the following will deliver statements: 

Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Representative Adriano Espaillat
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Democratic Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein
Senator Marisol Alcantara
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio
NYC Public Advocate Letitia James
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer 
Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s Mother
Senator Kevin Parker
Senator Jesse Hamilton
Assemblywoman Inez Dickens
Minister Kirsten John Foy, Northeast Regional Director of National Action Network (NAN)
Tom Rutledge, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Charter Communications – Charter Communications is partnering with National Action Network to open a Learning Lab at the House of Justice
Marc Morial, Chairman and CEO of National Urban League 

Source: Mercury

Saturday, January 14, 2017

President Obama's Final Weekly Address: The Honor of Serving You as President

From The G-Man and The G-Man Interviews thank you for your service, Mr. President.

White House Holds Principal-Level Transition Exercise

The White House on Friday afternoon convened a transition exercise with members of the President-Elect's team and Cabinet designees together with current senior White House, Cabinet, and agency leaders. The exercise provided a high-level perspective on a series of challenges that the next administration may face and introduced the key authorities, policies, capabilities, and structures that are currently in place to respond to major domestic incidents. Members of President Obama's team shared experiences and lessons from incident responses they experienced, and both sides discussed a number of response scenarios together. Participants agreed that the exercise was productive and advanced the shared goal of conducting the most professional and seamless transition possible.

Obama Administration Participants Included:

Chair: Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

Denis McDonough, Assistant to the President and White House Chief of Staff
Susan Rice, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
Neil Eggleston, Assistant to the President and White House Counsel
Cecilia Munoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council
Avril Haines, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor
Dab Kern, Assistant to the President and Director, White House Military Office
Amy Pope, Deputy Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy Assistant to the President
Suzy George, Deputy Assistant to the President and NSC Chief of Staff
John Holdren, Office of Science and Technology Policy Director
Shaun Donovan, Office of Management and Budget Director
Ashton Carter, Secretary of Defense
Gen Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy
John King, Secretary of Education
Nicholas Rasmussen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
James Comey, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director
John Brennan, Central Intelligence Agency Director
Gayle Smith, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator
Sylvia Burwell, Health and Human Services Secretary
Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Ely Ratner, Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President
Thomas Shannon, UnderSecretary of State for Political Affairs
Adam Szubin, Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Department of the Treasury
Lt. Gen Todd Semonite, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General
Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of Commerce
Christopher Lu, Deputy Secretary of Labor
Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services
Nani Coloretti, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Victor Mendez, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation
Kevin Hanretta, Assistant Secretary for Operations, Security, and Preparedness, Department of Veterans Affairs
Craig Fugate, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator
ADM Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard
Stanley Meiburg, Acting Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Maria Contreras-Sweet, Small Business Administration Administrator
Gen Lori Robinson, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command
Gen Joseph Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau

Incoming Administration Participants Included:

Reince Priebus
Rex Tillerson
Steven Mnuchin
Gen. James Mattis
Rep. Ryan Zinke
Sen. Jeff Sessions
Rep. Mike Pompeo
Wilbur Ross
Betsy DeVos
Sen. Dan Coats
Andrew Puzder
Dr. Tom Price
Dr. Ben Carson
Elaine Chao
Gov. Rick Perry
Dr. David Shulkin
Gen. John Kelly
Rep. Mick Mulvaney
Linda McMahon
Sean Spicer
Joe Hagin
Stephen Miller
Marc Short
Joshua Pitcock
Tom Bossert
KT McFarland
Gen. Michael Flynn
Gary Cohn
Katie Walsh
Rick Dearborn 

Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary

Friday, January 13, 2017

Scathing DOJ Report Finds Chicago Police Use Excessive Force

The investigation was launched in 2015 after the release of dashcam video showing an officer shoot a black teenage, Laquan McDonald, 16 times. 

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Source: CBS News