While celebrating the victory of the 20th Century Civil Rights movement over de jure segregation & inequality, the reality is that de facto segregation and inequality remain in all areas & categories, and among all measures & indicators of social & economic standing for African-Americans and other People of Color. The War On Poverty is an appropriate and poignant theme for 2014, as among the Two Great Divides still persisting and remaining between the Black America & the White America&(Social and Economic), the economic inequality is clearly surging and growing at a faster pace.
Racial Profiling, Stop & Frisk, Police Brutality, Vigilante Murders, and The Prisons & The Legal System loaded with People of Color remain the norm, unabated. It is still a nightmare for Black Men to simply be driving-while black, or even walking-while-black. Justice is still denied 24-7.. 365 days-a-year. Most famous in 2013: the aquittal of George Zimmerman after his racist vigilante murder of Trayvon Martin.
The economic divide between The Haves & The Have-Nots is going from bad to worse and affecting tens of millions of white people as well as people of color. The Great Recession has resulted in mass unemployment and lower-wages, and the Sequester with its cuts to human needs have accelerated the 40 year old attack on the working class families & communities. Access to the things which should provide for an equal and high quality of life for all : jobs, housing, education, healthcare, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance Medicare & Medicaid, Food Stamps, Low-Income Housing, etc., are all on the chopping block.
We invite everyone to attend the RI MLK All-Peoples Assembly on Saturday January 25, the annual gathering of our mother organization: The RI Peoples Assembly. Plans will be discussed there for a major RI Mobilization Against Poverty on Wednesday April 2 calling for Work, Wages, and Wellbeing.