April 4, 2011: We Are One

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson

On this day, 43 years ago, Martin Luther King was gunned down in Memphis as he stood up with striking sanitation workers and faced down the armed forces of a city and state to demand dignity and the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life.

Today, working people at a thousand locations will stand up with pubic sector union workers as they demand dignity and the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life, in states such as Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Here is a video clip extolling the virtues of unionization and the rights of workers, from the mouth of the only president of a union who went on to become President of the United States.  It runs for 39 precious seconds.

…They remind us that where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost. They remind us that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. You and I must preserve and protect freedom here.

How ironic it is that the very people leading the charge against public employees’ rights are the ones who deify this former president.

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