Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Monday, January 21, 2013

A RADICAL REVOLUTION OF VALUES



Martin Luther King Jr.: "Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam" 

Sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967.
 
MLK was killed, I believe, because he had crossed the line to speak out against U.S. imperial wars. He was also rumored to be considering at the time running for the White House with Dr. Benjamin Spock (a key leader of the peace movement) as his vice-presidential running mate.

A Spock-King team would have united the black and white activist movements that were so strong during the late 60's. It was then that the decision was made to take King out.

I highly recommend the book called Orders to Kill: The Truth Behind the Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. by William Pepper. I read it some years ago and it was a life-changer for me.

See it here

I am convinced that in America the oligarchy lets you speak out (it helps maintain the illusion of democracy) until you become a real threat to their power. In the case of MLK, the decision was made that he was going to seriously challenge the power of those who run the show.

Sadly today we have a president who cowardly hides behind the name and memory of MLK to justify his wars and his attacks on civil liberties and social progress.

1 Comments:

Blogger Mark OBLAZNEY said...

thanks for all this. Bless ya.

1/26/13, 10:38 AM  

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