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Sighting. Mass resistance sets tone for Trump presidency

Actions in Washington and around the world

Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017

Mass actions in the lead up to Inauguration Day, on January 20 in Washington, DC and after, including unprecedented demonstrations for the Women’s March on January 21 made amply clear the widespread sentiment in the U.S. to reject the Trump presidency, oppose war and attacks on rights and for empowerment. Actions took place in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and cities worldwide. The spirit of resistance eclipsed attempts by one or another of the ruling factions of the financial oligarchy to use it for self-serving ends. The actions of people in their millions were a rejection of an outmoded system of politics that deprives them of a say and that has set the country on a dangerous course at home and abroad.

As CPC(M-L) pointed out on November 9, 2016, the election of Trump was an end to business as usual. Continue reading

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Eleven quotes from Martin Luther King

MartinLutherKingBeyondVietnamWhat peace-lovers must do

Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World Continue reading

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Anniversary of assassination of Malcolm X – Reflections on Malcolm X’s legacy

Malcolm X (1925 - 1965) at an outdoor rally, probably in New York City | Bob Parent/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Malcolm X (1925 – 1965) at an outdoor rally, probably in New York City | Bob Parent/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

By ISAAC SANEY

February 21, 2016 marks the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, who later took the name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz after his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1964. As a revolutionary internationalist and a leader of the Black liberation struggle, Malcolm X shaped and influenced a generation of Black activists, artists, revolutionaries and intellectuals. His impact has been profound and lasting. The anniversary of his assassination is, therefore, a time for serious contemplation on his legacy. Continue reading

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Word. Beyond Vietnam – A time to break silence

 Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on 4 April 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City. It was given exactly one year before his assassination. It is the least well known of Dr. King’s speeches among the masses, and it needs to be read by all. Although his great civil rights sermons have been celebrated, the Riverside speech has many echoes for our contemporary situation.

By Rev. Martin Luther King, 4 April 1967

1967.Martin Luther King-riverside

I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join with you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam. Continue reading

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The Martin Luther King you don’t see on TV

From our archives. By JEFF COHEN and NORMAN SOLOMON*

MartinLutherKingBeyondVietnam It’s become a TV ritual: Every year in mid-January, around the time of Martin Luther King’s birthday, we get perfunctory network news reports about “the slain civil rights leader.”

The remarkable thing about this annual review of King’s life is that several years – his last years – are totally missing, as if flushed down a memory hole. Continue reading

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Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King, JR

By ISAAC SANEY*

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

The annual U.S. holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King is a time for serious contemplation of his actual legacy. The pervasive and dominant narrative freezes in place King’s politics and philosophy, transfixing his thinking to August 28 1963: the March on Washington and his “I Have A Dream Speech.” Of course, selective quotes of “I Have A Dream Speech” are deployed to render a de-radicalized version of King. The subsequent development – up to his April 4, 1968 assassination – of his views on capitalism and imperialism are ignored. Continue reading

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Event. 50 Years Since Malcolm X’s Assassination – The Legacy Endures; The Struggle Continues

Halifax, Nova Scotia

A panel discussion, followed by Q&A & discussion.
Saturday, February 21

2:00 – 5:00 pm
North Branch Memorial Library
2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax
Organized by the JRJ Chair of Black Canadian Studies,
Dalhousie University  & the North Branch Memorial Library Continue reading

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