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Building Memphis For All

April Freeman and Bennett Foster interviewed by Mary Jo Connelly Organizing Upgrade
Memphis For All is fighting to build a different kind of city and state, one that is run for and by all of us. We need an economy that works for all of us, instead of one rigged for corporations; we need a legal system that treats everyone fairly...

Tidbits - March 1, 2018 - Reader Comments: Parkland vs. NRA; Need to Tackle Military Budget; War on Workers - Labor in 70s, Janus, West Virginia Teachers; Fight Continues - Memphis - April 2 - 4; and more.....

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Reader Comments: Parkland vs. NRA; Trump's Arming of Teachers - Not; Criticism of Pledge to Transform the Resistance, and America; Labor - War on Workers, Labor in the 70s, Janus, West Virginia Teachers on Strike; Science; Sex and Drugs; I AM 2018 - The Fight Continues - Memphis - April 2 - 4; and more.....

Bonds of Memory and the Fight for Economic Justice

Michael Honey Commercial Appeal
Sanitation workers marching in Memphis threatened by national guards. The bonds of memory and today’s vast disparities in wealth and well-being tell us that we must continue the struggle launched by workers and by King in the spring of 1968. Today, more people live in poverty in America than in 1968. Now as then, the majority of the poor are “white” but poverty’s heaviest concentration is among people of color, especially young people and women. Poverty exists in part because most of the new jobs in Memphis, as in America, do not pay a living wage.

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MLK's Advice on Strike Strategy Still Relevant Today

Rand Wilson Stansbury Forum
King’s strategic advice to the striking Memphis sanitation workers is still useful: winning requires placing the struggle in a larger context that challenges elected officials and government at every level to make America a better nation!

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Kellogg's Delivers Memphis a Slap In The Face

Steve Payne Labor Notes
Kellogg workers in Memphis have been locked out for three months and replaced by scabs. Sixty percent of the workers are black. The union believe this part of an attempt to make Kellogg nationally union free.

Martin Luther King's Last Speech - "I've Been to the Mountaintop"

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. American Rhetoric - Top 100 Speeches
45 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered this speech in support of the striking sanitation workers at Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters), Memphis, Tennessee on April 3, 1968 - the day before he was assassinated.

Decades After King's Death, Memphis Jobs at Risk

Adrian Sainz The Charlotte Observer
Forty-five years after King was killed supporting their historic strike, some of the same men who marched with him still pick up Memphis' garbage - and now they are fighting to hold on to jobs that some city leaders want to hand over to a private company.
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