Today we honor Dr. King and continue to fight for what's right

George Bloom's picture
Jan 20, 2014

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All across the country, events are taking place to honor his message and the rich history of the American Civil Rights Movement. All last week, our nations schoolkids learned the lessons of civil disobedience and right here on Long Island, elementary kids in Hempstead participated in a mock march on DC just like the infamous Civil Rights March of 1963 where Dr. King delivered his "I have a Dream" speech. One event is taking place today in NYC that was highlighted in the UCOMM Radio News that our brothers and sisters at CWA Local 1109 in Brooklyn are doing with the recently organized Cablevision workers. Of all events taking place to honor Dr. King, I am both humbled and proud that our union, the Communications Workers of America, is involved in such a monumental event at the House of Justice with Mayor de Blasio and Rev. Al Sharpton with civil rights and labor leaders. Together they will be calling on Cablevision for a fair contract.

The fight Dr. King died for in April 1968 is the same fight that is taking place right here in New York. God bless Dr. King and all workers who are organizing and standing up for what is right. Today is their Labor Day and we are honored and extremely proud to stand with them. MLK Day UCOMM Radio on MLK Day. Dr. King told striking Sanitation workers the following before he was assassinated in Memphis, Georgia; "Somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest - for rights! We aren't going to let dogs or water hoses turn us around. We aren't going to let any injunction turn us around. We are going on...." Join us on Monday, MLK Day at the House of Justice, 106 W 145th St in NYC at noon to put Dr. King's words into action as we demand justice for exploited workers who are fighting to attain their American Dream.

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