This Saturday—Human Rights Dialogue—Fighting for Social and Economic Human Rights
Tomorrow, Saturday, January 19, from 10am to 3pm, the United Workers, Healthcare is a Human Right – Maryland, Public Justice Center, Legal Aid, and the Baltimore Algebra Project are holding a Human Rights Dialogue at the James McHenry Recreation Center (911 Hollins Street, Baltimore, MD 21223). We’ll be commemorating the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and studying the lessons of his Poor People’s Campaign of 1968. Dr. King and the Campaign pressured Washington to pass an Economic Bill of Rights that would include full employment, guaranteed annual income, decent housing, adequate education, and universal health care.
45 years later, we are still fighting for these same basic rights. We are experiencing systemic human rights abuses in every sector. The fight to address these problems requires building a large social movement; a movement of the poor, as Dr. King said, united across color lines to be a “new and unsettling force.” Building this unity across our communities and our issues is key. And this is part of what we are looking to do this Saturday. In Baltimore, development is at the root of most of our most pressing problems. Rec centers and fire stations are closed, while subsidies are handed to big developers. Families are evicted, homes are boarded up, and communities left to decay, while the city spends millions on high profile tourist areas like the Inner Harbor. Development in Baltimore has failed to adequately address the needs of city residents. The answer is Fair Development: where everyone benefits, where communities have a say, and where local government is transparent and accountable to the people. We will discuss this and more on Saturday.
Our last community-wide meeting took place in early October 2012, where the United Workers, the Public Justice Center, Baltimore Occupy Our Homes, and the Baltimore Right to Housing Alliance hosted a screening in Baltimore of the new documentary “Dear Mandela.” The film tells the story of Abahlali baseMjondolo, South Africa’s shack dweller’s movement, and their fight for their homes, challenging state evictions on the streets and in the courts. After the screening, two Abahlali baseMjondolo members, Zodwa Nsibande and Mnikelo Ndabankulu, and folks from several local groups participated in a discussion about the film and their struggles for social and economic human rights, from South Africa to Baltimore City. Below is a short video of excerpts from that discussion. For more about the film, visit www.dearmandela.org.
RECLAIM REV. DR. KING JR’S DREAM
MAKE DR. KING’S BIRTHDAY – WORKER’S & POOR PEOPLES RIGHTS DAY!
PICKET & RALLY AT THE SUPER WALMART STORE
360l Washington Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21227
Sat. January 19, 2013
12 Noon to 1 P.M.
Video of OUR Walmart workers at the Nat'l Peoples Power Assembly on
Dec. 15, 2012 <http://youtu.be/pcxzFum-k5U>
Demand justice for low wage workers from Walmart to McDonalds.
Stand for workers rights from Michigan to Maryland!
Say NO to so-called “right to work” laws and YES to raising the
No to inadequate health care and lack of right’s on the job!
One out of every four persons in Baltimore City is reportedly living
in poverty. Many of those who live in poverty actually work, but at
jobs that pay next to nothing. In many cases these same workers are
employed by multi-billion dollar, greedy corporations like Wal-Mart
Let’s stand together! If Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were
alive today he would be walking the picket line.
HEAR: Representatives of the OUR Walmart campaign; low wage workers
fighting to raise the minimum wage; and many others. Let’s let
Walmart know that those in the community support the Walmart workers;
that “an injury to one is an injury to all”.
Baltimore Southern Christian Leadership Conference
and the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly
For more info: call 410-500-2168 or 410-218-4835
Join the Maryland Justice for Low Wage Workers!
a focus group of the Peoples Power Assembly
Dear Super Walmart Manager,
We the undersigned, community, civil rights, student, and religious
leaders, have picked this special weekend, the weekend commemorating
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, to call on you to
provide justice for your workers.
Dr. King Jr. marched for justice for all! He called for an end to
poverty, and poverty wages. He spoke out for worker’s rights on and
off the job. He was jailed for fighting against discrimination.
Low wages, inadequate health care coverage, lack of right’s on the
job including retaliation for speaking out, among many other things,
are problems for all of us.
Surely, the multi-billion dollar Walmart corporation can do better!
We ask you to seriously take up the demands of OUR Walmart, your very
own workers, and hear their voices.
“An injury to one, is an injury to all.”
Protect the Social Safety Net, Create Jobs, Raise Revenue
Dear Cindy ,
Join Us on Capitol Hill PDA and our allies will again be visiting Senators with a progressive message:
First, no more "hostage taking" re: the Debt Ceiling. President Obama is right to refuse to negotiate over paying the nation's bills. The debt ceiling has been raised dozens of times in the past, including 18 times by Ronald Reagan. You should support a clean increase of the debt ceiling.
Second, we insist that our members of Congress resolve to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits by refusing to vote for any deal that weakens these programs. Medicare provides health care for 40 million American seniors and more than 8 million Americans with disabilities at a fraction of the cost of private insurance. Social Security adds nothing to the deficit or debt. Medicare provides life-giving care to millions of Americans, supports teaching hospital and other essential services. Cutting benefits and raising the retirement age would shift costs onto our seniors and increase costs on our society by over $11 trillion. We firmly oppose devastating families under the guise of deficit reduction.
Third, we demand a balanced approach in budget policies. With over $1.7 trillion already cut from programs for American families and less than half of that amount in new revenue, we need a more balanced, effective approach. Any additional debt and deficit reduction must come from new revenue, and from deep cuts to Pentagon and other waste--not public sector programs that support the elderly, the poor, working families or the middle class. We could save over $110 billion by eliminating subsidies to oil and gas companies. The Inclusive Prosperity Act would raise hundreds of billions dollars by taxing Wall Street speculation. Allowing negotiation of drug prices under Medicare Part D would save more than $150 billion.
Fourth, we have a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis. You should support prospective legislation to make federal investments in direct job creation.
WHAT: Educate Our Senators
WHEN: 10 am
WHERE: Dirksen Senate Cafeteria (basement)
RSVP to join us
Andrea, Stephen and Mike
PDA Maryland and PDA Virginia
On Monday, January 21st, Barack Obama will be sworn in to office for his second term.
Like many across the country, we are disappointed with what feels like the broken promises and unfilled dreams of the first Obama administration. From fighting climate change, to working towards immigration justice, to curtailing the war on terrorism, many of the promises that got Obama elected in 2008 have fallen flat. This week's featured article offers a comprehensive overview of Obama's first term and the impacts of his unkept promises.
There are many rallies, marches, and demostrations planned this weekend geared toward telling Obama that we still expect the best from him in his second term. The Peace Center has compiled a list of the events we thought you might be interested. You can find it here.
If you'd like to join the Peace Center this weekend amidst the wide array of events, you can join us at the Arc of Justice Parade on Monday at 9:30 am at Malcolm X Park. If you're interested in marching with us, please email email@example.com for more details.
Dany, Sonia, Carmen & Monisola