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Martin Luther King: There Comes a Time When Silence is Betrayal

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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Thank you Joe for reminding us again of the great work of Martin Luther King Jr. on this day!

"We have stood up for non-violence with all of our hearts, and those who will make this peaceful revolution impossible, will make a violent revolution inevitable" - Martin Luther King Jr.

"There comes a time when silence is betrayal." - MLK Jr.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King -- The Truth Must Be Told

"The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963

MLK's Vehement Condemnations of US Militarism By Glenn Greenwal

MLK's Vehement Condemnations of US Militarism

By Glenn Greenwald, Guardian UK

21 January 13

His vital April 4, 1967 speech is a direct repudiation of the sophistry now used to defend US violence and aggression.

he civil right achievements of Martin Luther King are quite justly the focus of the annual birthday commemoration of his legacy. But it is remarkable, as I've noted before on this holiday, how completely his vehement anti-war advocacy is ignored when commemorating his life (just as his economic views are). By King's own description, his work against US violence and militarism, not only in Vietnam but generally, was central - indispensable - to his worldview and activism, yet it has been almost completely erased from how he is remembered.

King argued for the centrality of his anti-militarism advocacy most eloquently on April 4, 1967, at Riverside Church in New York City - exactly one year before the day he was murdered. That extraordinary speech was devoted to answering his critics who had been complaining that his anti-war activism was distracting from his civil rights work ("Peace and civil rights don't mix, they say. Aren't you hurting the cause of your people, they ask?"). King, citing seven independent reasons, was adamant that ending US militarism and imperialism was not merely a moral imperative in its own right, but a prerequisite to achieving any meaningful reforms in American domestic life.

In that speech, King called the US government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today", as well as the leading exponent of "the deadly Western arrogance that has poisoned the international atmosphere for so long" (is there any surprise this has been whitewashed from his legacy?). He emphasized that his condemnations extended far beyond the conflict in Southeast Asia: "the war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit." He insisted that no significant social problem - wealth inequality, gun violence, racial strife - could be resolved while the US remains "a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift" - a recipe, he said, for certain "spiritual death". For that reason, he argued, "it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war." That's because:

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"Cowardice asks the

"Cowardice asks the question:
"Is it safe"?
Expediency asks the question:
"Is it politic"?
Vanity asks the question:
"Is it popular?"
But conscience asks the question:
"Is it right?"
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one's conscience tells one what is right."
- Martin Luther King

After all these years, nearly 50 years, and nothing has changed, it is only worse
i pray with all my heart, mind and soul, that someday i can give Rev Martin Luther King the biggest hug and tell him how much i love him
Thank you for sacrificing your life for us, for following in the example of our Lord, Master, Teacher and Saviour Jesus Christ
I love you, please watch over us and help us all, even and especially, our soon to be new, yet terribly lost, confused, possessed, hardened and calloused, president
Thank you, A-men

I teared up as I prayed with you.

Thank you sjcsea.

On Martin Luther King Day, Let’s Look at the Man Himself

An Act of State

William F. Pepper's book An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King

Is deeply discounted at Amazon in both hardback and paperback versions.

Laborer in the trenches

While more well known than others, Martin Luther King Jr. was just a laborer in the trenches of political activism; that is until he linked peace activism with human rights: Then he rose to the stature of Gandhi.

Does Obama deserve to be sworn in with MLK's Bible?

Does Obama deserve to be sworn in with MLK's Bible?

Published on Jan 21, 2013

On Monday, hundreds of thousands of spectators gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC to see President Barack Obama sworn in at the 57th Presidential Inauguration and at the same time the country also celebrated Martin Luther King Day. Many say that if MLK was still alive he would be sad to the see the current state of
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Long answer:

Still preserving, protecting, defending...

The Constitution? Hell, no!! I'm referring to the criminal legacy of the prior administration.

The contrast between these two Nobel Peace Prize winners (what a joke!) could hardly be greater, and speaks volumes about the degenerate state American liberalism has arrived at in comparison with King's time--as is well discussed here:

Cornel West Exposes Obama Hypocrisy

Cornel West Exposes Obama Hypocrisy

“All of the blood, sweat and tears that went into producing a Martin Luther King, Jr. generated a brother of such high decency and dignity that you don’t use his prophetic fire for a moment of presidential pageantry"

Video Posted January 22, 2013

“You don’t play with Martin Luther King, Jr. and you don’t play with his people, said West. “By his people, I mean people of good conscience, fundamentally good people committed to peace and truth and justice, especially the Black tradition that produced it.

“All of the blood, sweat and tears that went into producing a Martin Luther King, Jr. generated a brother of such high decency and dignity that you don’t use his prophetic fire for a moment of presidential pageantry without understanding the challenge he represents to all of those in power regardless of what color they are.

“The righteous indignation of a Martin Luther King, Jr. becomes a moment of political calculation. And that makes my blood boil. Why? Because Martin Luther King, Jr died…he died…for the three crimes against humanity that he was wrestling with. Jim Crow, traumatizing, terrorizing, stigmatizing Black people. Lynching, not just ‘segregation’ as the press likes to talk about.

“Second: Carpet bombing in Vietnam killing innocent people, especially innocent children, those are war crimes that Martin Luther King , Jr. was willing to die for. And thirdly, was poverty of all colors, he said it is a crime against humanity for the richest nation in the world to have so many of it’s precious children of all colors living in poverty and especially on the chocolate side of the nation, and on Indian reservations and Brown barrios and yellow slices and Black ghettos — we call them hoods now, but ghettos then.

“So I said to myself ain’t nothing wrong with putting your hand on the bible, even though the bible’s talking about justice, Jesus is talking about the least of these, but when you put it on Martin’s bible, I said ‘this is personal for me,’ because this is the tradition that I come out of.”

“Brother Martin Luther King, Jr., what you say about the New Jim Crow? What would say about the Prison Industrial Complex? What would you say about the invisibility of so many of our prisoners, so many of our incarcerated, especially when 62 percent of them are there for soft drugs and not one executive of a Wall Street bank gone to jail. Not one. Martin doesn’t like that. Not one wire-tapper, not one torturer under the Bush Administration — all,” said West.

“Then what would he say about the drones on the precious brothers and sisters in Pakistan, and Somalia, and Yemen. Those are war crimes, just like war crimes in Vietnam, Martin Luther King, Jr., what would you say?”

MLK: Silence is Betrayal | Brainwash Update

MLK: Silence is Betrayal | Brainwash Update