Thursday, January 15, 2015

Taking it to the Streets

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
                                                                -M.L.K., Jr.

In honor of Martin Luther King's birthday next week, we feel it's important to acknowledge the ever lasting impact of his actions and words. In the last 6 months, we have seen a tremendous rise in non violent protests across the country demanding a new discourse on race, poverty and violence. Even just this morning 29 people were arrested in Boston for protesting in rush-hour traffic. They had their arms buried in concrete barrels to further complicate their extrication. Don't ask me how that is plausible, but there are images to prove it! Although MLK was all about targeting racial injustice, I do wonder if he would think this was a wise and safe undertaking.
The Huffington Post recently had an article about students all over the United States peacefully protesting everything from race to bullying to educational reform.

Highlighted are a few of the following:

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December 2014 via the Boston Globe. Students protest for Michael Brown
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In October, students protesting for Philadelphia teachers' rights

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Students in Colorado rejecting new proposals to AP History curriculum

To get more inspiration for voicing your opinion, you can check out the full article below:
Huff post student protests

As a proponent of non violent protest, MLK would certainly be taking to the streets these days in honor of the slayings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, but HOW do you think MLK would organize? How can we unite peacefully in the fight for justice?

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