Workers Unite in ‘We Are One’ Events April 4

April 4 We Are OneWorking people in America are under an unprecedented wave of attacks.  Despite high unemployment and insufficient new jobs, unemployment insurance in some states is being cut and undermined.  Extreme budget cuts threaten the services and livelihoods of everyone from the very poorest to the struggling middle-class.  And workers' rights and economic freedoms are being targeted across the country.  On April 4, millions of us will join together and say 'We Are One'.

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life.  Today, those and other rights are still under attack and being denied to many.  But the cause of workers rights is uniting people across America. It’s the demand of all people -- employed and unemployed; black, white, Latino and Asian American: The right to join together for our common dreams.

Civil rights and workers' rights have long been joined together.  That's why on and around April 4, many hundreds of events will bring faith groups, labor, civil rights, students and other allies together across the country.

Our friends at Working America reminded us on the most recent celebration of Martin Luther King Day what Dr. King had said three years prior to his joining the cause of the sanitation workers in Memphis:

"The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old age pensions, government relief for the destitute, and above all new wage levels that meant not mere survival, but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome."

April 4, 2011, and the days surrounding it are a time to stand united, in solidarity with working people across the country.  The rights of workers that Dr. King gave his life for may be under attack -- but we are fighting back and saying 'We Are One'.  Find the local 'We Are One' events near you.

 

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