On Saturday, a coalition of Michigan labor unions and allied groups are organizing a teach-in to highlight the connection between the Labor Movement and Civil Rights. “Labor and Civil Rights: The Tie That Binds” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Northwest Activity Center (18100 Meyers Rd., Detroit, 48235).
The Working People’s Day of Action is about defending our freedoms and demanding an end to an economy that’s rigged against working people. The Detroit teach-in is one of dozens of events being held nationwide on Saturday marking the 50th anniversary of the first Memphis community march in support of the sanitation workers’ strike – later in the spring of 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be assassinated while in Memphis supporting the workers’ efforts for better wages and working conditions.
Inspired by Dr. King and the Memphis sanitation workers, thousands of working people and their allies from coast to coast are sending a clear message: our voices will not be silenced. We’re standing up and fighting for the freedom to come together and fight for fair pay for our work, affordable health care, quality schools, vibrant communities and a secure future for all of us.