Check out Barbara Ransby’s Op-Ed in Truthout.
Citywide Convening and Teach-in for 1,000 – A day of movement education
Looking Back, Not Going Back.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died, April 4th 1968, fighting alongside sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. When he was assassinated his unfinished agenda was the fight against poverty and the excesses of capitalism, and fighting for a world without war and empire, without borders and xenophobia. He was committed to leading a Poor People’s campaign in 1968 underscoring the inseparable connection between racial justice and economic justice.
After his death Coretta Scott King, a longtime peace and social justice activist in her own right, lent her efforts to LGBTQ struggles, marching in Atlanta’s Pride Parade before her death. On April 4th 2017 we invite organizers, activists, new and old, to organize teach-ins, town halls and discussions that explore the legacy of King’s struggle for racial and economic justice.
March 4th – Teach in for Organizers
This was an unprecedented gathering of 30+ Chicago organizations. The purpose of
the gathering was to learn about each other’s struggles and communities so that we can move forward from a position of strength and understanding. This first Spring of Resistance focuses on organizers and organizations teaching and learning from each other to create foundation for stronger unity going forward.
This was an extraordinary opportunity for 100 organizers, along with researchers and scholars working locally and nationally and on international struggles in South Africa and Palestine, to educate one another on critical issues that animate our movements and campaigns. This sharing and dialogue serves as basis for future collaborations, including but not limited to April 4th and May 1st.
On April 8th and 9th, 2017, artists came together to create art for the People’s Climate March on April 29 and the May Day March, May 1st. Folks from the Peoples Climate March and the ACT collective we had an amazing citywide and cross movement art build in Chicago over the weekend. The art build produced 10 banners, 200 crossbar banners, 150 picket signs, and a parachute for the People’s Climate March on April 29 and the May Day March, May 1st.