Thursday, March 22, 2012

Peoples Org for Progress observes April 4th Assassination of Dr. King with March for Jobs and Justice

PO BOX 22505
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY 07101-2505; email
973 801 0001
Contact:Lawrence Hamm
March 22, 2012
On April 4th, the 44th anniversary of the assassination of the immortal 'Drum Major for Justice,' Martin Luther King Jr., and on what will be day 283 of the Daily People's Protest Campaign for Jobs, Peace, Equality and Justice, the more than 170 organizations endorsing the Campaign will march and rally in downtown Newark for jobs, economic justice and voting rights protections!
          Participants will assemble at the Lincoln Memorial Monument, located at West Market Street and Springfield Avenue at 4pm. They will then march at 5pm through downtown Newark.
          "For those who say 'the economy is back,' we say 'back for who?' decried Lawrence Hamm, chairman of the People's Organzation for Progress and conceptualizer of the Daily People's Protest Campaign.
          "We still see more people losing their jobs and their homes. We still see our voting rights under attack. We still see a serious push to privatize public sector labor through layoffs and school closures in Newark and cities like Newark all over the country. We still see more of a readiness and thirst for more war than peace. We still see police brutality stalking our communities and we still see too many young people planning their funerals instead planning their futures," he finished emphatically.
            The Campaign was launched on June 27th to dramatize the impact of draconian public policies on ordinary people. POP vows to host this daily action everyday for 381 days in honor of the epic Montgomery Bus Boycott that propelled a young Martin Luther King Jr. onto national consciousness!
          Among the issues the Campaign is addressing are a need for a national jobs program, a call to end military actions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, a call to stand against police brutality, a call to preserve workers rights and collective bargaining, a call for a moratorium on foreclosures, a call for national health care and for affordable higher education, and more.
          Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee helping Black sanitation workers in their battle for fair treatment and improved working conditions. He was also laying the groundwork for the Poor People's Campaign to dramatize the poverty gripping American cities and rural areas at the time.
          The daily actions for the Daily Protest Campaign take place Monday through Friday at 4:30p.m. at the Lincoln Monument, West Market Street and Springfield Avenue, Saturdays at Broad and Market at 12 noon and Sundays back at the West Market Street and Springfield Avenue location at 2pm.     
For more information about the Daily People's Protest Campaign, please call 973 801 0001.

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