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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 1, 2011
Campaign for America’s Future Encourages Americans to Join “We are One” Events on April 4th
To Support Workers’ Fight for Rights and to Honor the Legacy of Dr. King
Washington DC -- In 1968, Martin Luther King went to Memphis to support the Sanitation workers’ struggle to earn a living wage. On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in the midst of a battle for dignity for those public employees. Decades later, in response to attacks by ultra-conservative governors, the struggle for workers’ rights is spreading from union workers in states like Wisconsin to Americans who just want the chance find a job and earn a decent living.
On April 4, the Campaign for America’s Future joins Americans across the country who will be participating in “We Are One” events. A broad cross section of groups and individuals who support workers have planned an impressive array of events coast-to-coast including rallies, accountability session with politicians, seminars, film screenings, prayer services and more.
Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future said:
“When workers in Wisconsin and their supporters stood up to Governor Walker’s plan to repeal rights on the job, workers everywhere were inspired to fight – and rally strong majorities against similar proposals in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Maine.
“The demands made 43 years ago by Memphis sanitation workers ring true today. Americans want the opportunity to succeed with hard work. We want a good-paying job with affordable health care and a secure retirement. We want to be treated with respect in the work place. And in return, we are willing to work hard and provide for our families – and good schools so our children have a future. We want politicians to work to create jobs, not reward corporations that ship jobs overseas.”