April’s Newark Monthly Protest: In the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Saturday, April 7th from 11:00am until 1:00pm
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The NJAntiWar Agenda’s next monthly protest will take place on Saturday, April 7th from 11:00am until 1:00pm at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument located at the Essex County Hall of Records, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated April 4, 1968, exactly one year to the day after his "Beyond Vietnam: Why I Oppose the Vietnam War" speech given at Riverside Church in New York City. In the last year of his life he focused greater attention on opposition to the US war on the Vietnamese people. We are dedicating this event to the struggle for peace and justice that Dr. King exemplified.
Madelyn Hoffman, Director of New Jersey Peace Action, will orchestrate the reading out loud of Dr. King's speech, with each section read by a different person. Readers include young and old alike -- a wide range of voices. There will be at least 20 readers, each to read a section of this historic speech. Is it a coincidence that Dr. King was assassinated a week to the day he delivered this powerful speech about the U.S. and its commitment to wars overseas?
In today’s United States, it seems not very much has changed. In fact, the recent round of appointments or nominations to key positions, including John Bolton, original member of the Project for a New American Century and now the country’s National Security Advisor, Gina Haspel, known for her support of torture and for allegedly destroying evidence of torture under the administration of George W. Bush, and now nominated for CIA Director, and Mike Pompeo who moves from CIA Director to Secretary of State, the U.S. seems more dedicated and poised to continue its wars of aggression around the globe.
Said Dr. King in his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, “I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed [in the ghettos] without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.”
U.S. threats of war against North Korea, Iran, Venezuela and on-going wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen should cause us to look at ourselves in the mirror – and wonder how Dr. King’s words could be so terribly prophetic.
To hear the entire speech, click on the link below.
Since this event is one week before tax day, we also address the 700 billion tax dollars being used to fund the aggressive US war escalations and threats, military deployments and weaponry, while the health care, nutrition, education, infrastructure, employment, shelter and other needs of the people are not being met.
Again, in the words of Dr. King, “...Increasingly, by choice or by accident, this is the role our nation has taken, the role of those who make peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that come from the immense profits of the overseas investments. I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin, we must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a people-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered."
The readings will feature participation of at least 7 members of the Peoples Organization for Progress youth group Popcorn Kidz,
There will be a presentation by members of the Philippines community on the Peoples Caravan for Peace and Justice in the Philippines: For more information on this campaign, please click below.