MLK Jr.’s Fight for Economic Justice Continues

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated this day in 1968 in Memphis, where he was supporting striking sanitation workers as a part of his Poor People’s Campaign. Over a thousand workers went on strike to protest unfair wages, discrimination, and unsafe working conditions that took the lives of two of their own. Forty five years later, sanitation workers, like many workers and communities, continue to face privatization of their jobs, unsafe and hazardous working conditions, and low wages. This beautiful video from AFSCME reminds us that the sanitation workers’ fight for fair working conditions has and must continue unabated. Their stories and voices– in 1968 and now– remind us that human dignity does not come granted for all, but must be ensured and seized with collective human power.

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