Wednesday, April 04, 2012

"MLK Remembered: John Nichols on Martin Luther King’s Commitment to Labor Rights As Human Rights" (with video)

Democracy Now! with video:
On the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., we look his history of activism in Wisconsin, a state that has been central to the history of labor organizing, and beyond. Near the end of his life, King was helping to organize members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which was founded in Wisconsin in 1932. King argued that labor rights were human rights and civil rights, a message that resonated in Wisconsin during last year’s protests against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to eliminate almost all collective bargaining rights for most public workers, as well as slash their pay and benefits.

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