This video was so inspiring to the entire team. Hope it moves you too.
This video was so inspiring to the entire team. Hope it moves you too.
On Tuesday, April 4 The Majority is launching the Beyond the Moment (BTM) campaign, a month of political education and bold actions across the country designed to unite different social change and racial justice movements around shared values and intersecting struggles.
A call to action and a mobilization tool, BTM was created to unite people working in social change spaces around shared values and intersecting issue areas. The campaign includes extensive and intersectional political education on issues including: Environmental justice, food justice, Indigenous land rights, reproductive rights, the criminalization of Black and Brown people, immigration, income equality, LGBTQIA rights and more. In addition to political education, the coalition will hold mass mobilizations across the nation throughout the month and beyond. The campaign, the first created by the newly-formed Majority, aims to move masses nationally toward meaningful trans-local action to expand and strengthen fight around ‘sanctuary,’ while strengthening local long-term organizing capacity.
The campaign is anchored by two dates—April 4th and May Day—both of which hold significant meaning to many in social change spaces. April 4th is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘Beyond Vietnam’ speech, during which he named racism, capitalism and militarism as the ‘giant triplets’ responsible for the harm marginalized people experience in this nation, and he urged those committed to justice to confront ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ April 4th is also the 49th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. May Day (May 1st) or International Worker’s Day, is a holiday that historically sees tremendous local mobilizations around worker’s rights, and the fight for a living wage. In the context of Trump’s presidency, it is imperative that we put forth a true, collective vision of economic justice and worker justice, for all people.
To date, more than 50 organizations, including national, local and member-based alliances have joined The Majority and are participating in the BTM campaign. Organizations include: Fight for $15, Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), Food Chain Workers’ Alliance, Black Lives Matter Global Network (BLM), Mijente, NAACP, Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), Workers Center for Racial Justice in Chicago, Dream Defenders, SolidarityIS, Right to the City, Climate Justice Alliance, New Economies Coalition, Highlander Center for Research and Education, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Got Green and many more.
The combination of actions that will take place between April 4th and May Day are all grounded in an intersectional analysis that centers anti-Black racism, capitalism and militarism to expose how intertwined issues of social inequality really are across communities. In a moment where the nation is looking to social change organizations and movement leaders for guidance, support and refuge, the Majority and Beyond the Moment is a way of actualizing the change we want to see. We know that when there there is linked oppression, there will be linked defiance, defense and expansion of what it means to protect all our communities. And in many ways, our vision for the future is linked, too: a radical future where we can determine our destinies, a world that we’ve been dreaming of where all Black lives matter.
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.’”
Read the full story from the Associated Press here.
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.”
Read the full story from Mic here.
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