Why are you speaking about the war, Dr. King? Why are you joining the voices of dissent?” “Peace and civil rights don’t mix,” they say. “Aren’t you hurting the cause of your people?” they ask. And when I hear them, though I often understand the source of their concern, I am nevertheless greatly saddened, for such questions mean that the inquirers have not really known me, my commitment, or my calling. Indeed, their questions suggest that they do not know the world in which they live.” -MLK event page https://www.facebook.com/events/412272628919716/
The new group We Change Pittsburgh, which has been organizing the recent protests against police brutality and systemic racism in response to the lack of justice for victims of police brutality in Ferguson, New York, and other cities, has teamed up with the Merton Center Antiwar Committee and several other peace and justice groups to organize a mass march on Martin Luther King, Jr. day in Pittsburgh. “The best way to commemorate Dr. King is to continue his work to end racism at home, war overseas, and militarism everywhere,” said We Change Pittsburgh organizer Julia Johnson. The activists feel that Dr. King’s opposition to war and racism are consistent with the theme of this march.
When: Monday, Jan. 19
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Begin: Bigelow and Forbes in Oakland, next to Schenley Plaza
End: City-County Building, Grant St., downtown Pittsburgh
“Chief McLay’s promise to challenge racism at work is a step in the right direction, but we will keep marching until police brutality, racism, and militarism come to end,” added Pete Shell of the Thomas Merton Center Antiwar Committee.
“We are marching to unite the continuing struggles against the three evils of our society that Dr. King named: racism, militarism and poverty. These three evils are serving and protecting the interests of big banks, corporations, and the rich,” said Taylor Goel of the ANSWER Coalition, one of the groups helping to organize the march.
All area residents are invited to participate and are encouraged to bring drums, noisemakers and signs to the march. The action has been endorsed by over 25 local organizations so far. Additional groups and individuals are also encouraged to help spread the word and grow this event.