Monday, January 16, 2012
A note from Keith:
A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look at thousands of working people displaced from their jobs with reduced incomes… while the profits of the employers remain intact, and say: “This is not just.” Where Do We Go From Here? (1967)
Every January we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and recognize his commitment to humanity, to empowerment, and to justice. We commemorate Dr. King’s life because he lived his commitment in a radical way—for who wouldn’t call a non-violent revolution “radical”? But when I read Dr. King’s words they reminded me that we need to continue working to erase the contrast of poverty and wealth that still exists in the United States. In 2011, we saw the Occupy Wall Street movement overflow to cities nationwide specifically to agitate for change that would benefit the 99% and not just 1% of Americans.
So, where do we go? Back to the streets where those who feel disenfranchised can make themselves heard. We go back to our state and local governments to improve the laws that affect our neighborhoods. We go back to the federal government that charts a course for our country’s future and demand an agenda that supports the middle class. We go back to the drawing board and look at our values. And like Dr. King we find a revolutionary way to live our values daily with the knowledge that this is the only way to ensure America upholds the ideal it was founded upon.
--Rep. Keith Ellison