While we welcome the planned commemoration in Washington, D.C. this year by the major established Civil Rights organizations, we feel that the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington needs to serve primarily as a vehicle for advancing struggles for justice on the ground-floor in every community throughout the United States today.
Therefore, we would like to propose that in addition to the 5 days of activities currently being planned in Washington, D.C., that in Los Angeles (and in other localities) that a series of major local actions and events be planned, with an eye to laying the groundwork for building on-going local joint organizing around the key survival struggles and needs of our communities.
Help to Plan Local Events and Actions to Heighten the Struggles for Justice Today
Sunday, July 28th, 2013, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles Black Worker’s Center, which is housed in the Paul Robeson Community Center, located at 6569 S Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044. (2 blocks South of Gage on Vermont).
We believe the time is right to initiate broad local efforts that can carry both the struggles around specific demands — and the need for mass movements to conduct those struggles more effectively — to a qualitatively higher level.
These struggles include (but are not limited to):
- the struggle for justice for Trayvon Martin and many other victims of racial profiling, police abuse and vigilante assaults and murder
- the struggle to maintain and improve the quality of public education, housing and healthcare in our communities
- challenging the prison industrial complex, mass incarceration and the “criminalization” of non-white communities and youth
- opposition to covert government spying and undermining of constitutional and human rights
- countering assaults on social security and cuts in essential public services
- ending mass unemployment
- combating declining pay, working conditions and benefits for those who actually have jobs
On behalf of the Martin Luther King Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, we would like to invite you and your organization to attend a planning meeting for activities focused on “Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington” here in our own communities in Los Angeles.
Since our founding several years ago, the Martin Luther King Coalition of greater Los Angeles has worked to build and expand ALL movements for social justice by bringing together a broad range of grassroots activists to promote joint action around the critical issues of our times. Please join us in doing so in conjunction with this significant historical event.
The first local planning meeting here in L.A. will be held on Sunday, July 28th, 2013, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles Black Worker’s Center, which is housed in the Paul Robeson Community Center, located at 6569 S Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044. (2 blocks South of Gage on Vermont).
Our meeting will open and close with music and edutainment from Oscar Grant’s cousin Samuel Morris, a local artist and member of the Martin Luther King Coalition.