Join the National Call to Prepare for Mass Political Education: Tuesday, March 28th at 8pm ET/5pm PT
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.