Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I AM A HUMAN 04/04/08 MLK Commemoration Service and March

Reverend Alan Joplin Photo by Harvey Finkle

Allied Barton Security Guard

Student Labor Action Project, local community activists rallies!

Security guards, local faith, community members, students and labor march in commemoration of MLK Jr's assassination and march to continue his economic justice legacy in Philadelphia

Allied Barton Security Guard

Bishop Dwayne Royster, Living Water United Church of Christ

Allied Barton Security Guard

Rev. Jay Broadnax, Mt Pisgha Church

Allied Barton Security Guard

Eduardo Soriano Castillo, JwJ Field Organizer

Drew Pankeri, JwJ Volunteer Artist

Just Do It

It’s More Than Just a Dream

Published: Apr 2, 2008

Forty years ago this weekend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down in Tennessee while supporting the Memphis Sanitation Workers strike. In his spirit, the Philadelphia Officers and Workers Rising, Jobs with Justice and the Student Labor Action Project are hosting It’s More Than Just a Dream, a service and rally to commemorate the assassination and remind the community that the struggle for civil rights in the workplace still continues.

Sunday’s service will end a weeklong campaign for the security guards of AlliedBarton, who, like the Memphis workers of 1968, are asking for better wages, affordable health care and improved working conditions. "We want to give the guards from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Temple and Penn a platform to educate the faith community about the campaign and why it is important to the general public," says Fabricio Rodriguez, director of Jobs With Justice in Philadelphia. Ultimately, Rodriguez hopes that negotiations will insure the guards (97 percent of whom are African-American) rights, proper training and fair compensation. A sweet dream, indeed.

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