We will share plans for the mass political education work which will kick-off Beyond the Moment: Uniting Movements from April 4th to May Day (BTM) on April 4th. This day marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech at Riverside Church in New York City, where he offered a radical critique of imperialist war and the injustice of racial capitalism. Dr. King was assassinated exactly one year later (April 4, 1968) while organizing alongside Black sanitation workers in Memphis, on the eve of the launch of the Poor People’s Campaign which would declare poverty a human rights violation.
Mass political education will take place throughout April as a means of connecting the moment we’re in and the cross-movement work we’re engaging in, with that of times past, namely the intersectional work of the Civil Rights Movement. While we use the date of Dr. King’s historic speech and tragic assassination as a beginning point for our 2017 mobilization, we reject any analysis that would suggest that Dr. King was singularly responsible for the movement. That’s why on April 4th, we will also teach and learn about grassroots organizers who were the backbone of the Black Freedom Movement, and other social justice movements in the U.S. and globally. Our goal is to surface an intersectional lens from Dr. King’s framing of justice that will expand #SanctuaryforAll to include dialogue around anti-Blackness, non-immigrants, non-refugees and indigenous rights. This work will also support the ongoing struggle for LGBTQIA rights and economic justice for workers, the unemployed and the cash-poor.
Join us Tuesday March 28th at 8pm ET/5pm PT for our first national conference call to prepare for a month of mass political education. On the call, you’ll learn more about Beyond the Moment (BTM) and how to plug in and organize in your community. To participate, register by clicking here.
Under “Beyond the Moment: Uniting Movements from April 4th to May Day,” organizations leading the push for a $15-an-hour wage are joining forces with the Movement for Black Lives “to combine the struggle for racial justice with the fight for economic equality, just as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. tried to do in the last year of his life,” the Associated Press writes.
“The new political reality requires the groups to band together. After President Donald Trump’s election, some civil rights and social justice organizations are taking an all-hands-on-deck approach against an administration they see as hostile to the working poor and minorities. By working together, the two groups can reach more people and amplify their messages, activists say. ‘What we both realize is we’re stronger when we operate together.’”
Mic.com officially announced The Majority and the upcoming Beyond the Moment actions, ahead of the full-website launch. “More than 50 partners representing Black, [Latinx], the indigenous, LGBTQ, refugees, immigrants, laborers and the poor will collaborate from April 4 through May 1, International Worker’s Day, when they’ll launch massive protests across the country. The action will “go beyond moments of outrage, beyond narrow concepts of sanctuary, and beyond barriers between communities that have much at stake and so much in common,” The Majority states on its BeyondtheMoment.org website, which officially launches on Thursday.
The Beyond the Moment: Uniting Movements from April 4th to May Day kicks-off on April 4th with mass political education with our bases nationwide. “In the weeks leading up to the mass mobilizations on May 1, they will hold public teach-ins and workshops nationwide. The desired outcome is a “broad intersectional, cross-sectoral” and influential unity on the left, organizers said.
“The idea for Beyond the Moment was derived from Dr. King’s ‘Beyond Vietnam’ speech, in which he spoke out against racism, materialism and militarism — all broader and more-inclusive themes than his earlier anti-Jim Crow campaigns. The coalition said it chose April 4 as the kickoff for political education because that is the date that King delivered the speech in 1967, and the date on which he was assassinated a year later.”