Friday, April 1, 2011

On April 4, Alliance for Democracy calls you to stand up for economic justice and workers rights

Why should "we the people" suffer cuts in services because of the Federal and state budget crisis we did not create? The people and corporations who created this crisis are not paying! Using tax breaks, tax dodges, tax write-offs, and off-shore tax havens pushed through state legislatures and Congress, the wealthy and corporations pay little or zero in state and federal taxes taxes. We must hold them accountable.

Resistance, popular movements and mobilization are growing fast. This past Saturday in London, 500,000 people marched to protest public spending cuts and corporate tax dodgers. In the U.S., there were protests in more than 40 cities to oppose tax cuts for the wealthy, while public services for the poor, the middle class, students, seniors, and the sick are cut.

Join in the movement for economic and social justice and peace
Monday, April 4: "A Time to Break Silence"
Join the
"We Are One" Mobilization

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had come to stand with sanitation workers on strike for more than sixty days. These workers demanded collective bargaining rights, better pay, and an end to discriminatory and dangerous working conditions. 

Now, forty-three years later, workers across the country are fighting for the same rights, especially in states where GOP governors are carrying out drastic budget cuts. 

On April 4, 1967, King's speech at Riverside Church in Manhattan, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” marked his movement from civil rights to a critique of capitalism.  Read “Beyond Capitalism: A Revolution of Values," in Justice Rising.

King called for a “revolution of values,” a shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society.

He envisioned “a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class and nation."

He cautioned, “a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” 

Across the country, beginning with worship services over the April 1 weekend, and continuing through the week of April 4, unions, people of faith, civil and human rights activists, students and other progressive allies will host community- and workplace-focused actions. 

Join or organize a local action--whether it's a march, teach-in, vigil, film screening – a day to be creative, but clear: We are one. Ideas for action are here.

Find a local event or add your own event to the growing list of activities here. Jobs with Justice has resources on their website.

Tuesday, April 5: National Teach-In on Debt, Austerity, Corporate Domination and How People Are Fighting Back
The Teach-in is organized by a coalition of groups and hosted by Frances Fox Piven and Cornel West and over 70 campuses are participating. Find one near you here. This Teach-In will hear from people on the ground fighting and building the movement to resist and roll-back the corporate domination by banks, energy companies and war profiteers.

Listen to the live web-cast Teach-In beginning at 2:00 EDT pm here.

For those in NYC, the event at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, is free and open to the public.

Download or request materials from our "Tools for Organizing" page. And tell us what you did, so that your actions can inspire other AfD members to get involved with the fight for economic justice and an end to corporate rule.

We call on our members to join these events. Add your voice to the millions calling for an end to business-funded attacks on workers' rights. Demand economic justice for the vast majority of Americans, an end to giveaways and subsidies for the corporate elite, and an end to austerity cuts to schools, job creation, public health, and other vital programs.

Thanks for all you do,
For Alliance for Democracy,
Nancy Price and David e. Delk, co-chairs

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