Originally posted at Popular Resistance on January 9, 2015
Ferguson Action Calls For #BlackLivesMatter To #ReclaimMLK
Please Join us in taking action next weekend.
Martin Luther King Jr’s life’s work was the elevation, honoring, and defense of Black Lives. His tools included non-violent civil disobedience and direct action. Dr. King was part of a larger movement of women, and men, queer, and straight, young and old. This movement was built on a bold vision. This vision was radical, principled, and uncompromising. The freedom fighters attached to this vision did not bow to political expediency or the calls for gradualism heard in their day. They were called impractical, rash, not strategic, irrational, and naive. Their tactics were controversial. Some elders distanced themselves from what was then a new movement for change. Some of the older generation joined in.
The present day Movement for Black Lives draws a direct line from the legacy of Dr. King and the current day struggle we face today. Unfortunately, Dr. King’s legacy has been clouded by efforts to soften, sanitize, and commercialize it. Impulses to remove Dr. King from the movement that elevated him must end. We resist efforts to reduce a long history marred with the blood of countless members of our community into iconic images of men in suits behind pulpits.
From here on, MLK weekend will be known as a time of national resistance to injustice. This MLK weekend we will walk in the legacy of Dr. King and the movement that raised him. This January we will #ReclaimMLK
People across the country and the world are already planning MLK weekend actions to declare that #BlackLivesMatter. Check out our call to action below and go to fergusonaction.com to look for events in your community or to organize your own.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT – TAKE ACTION!
Jan 15th: #PledgeOfResistance
On Dr. King’s birthday join us as we publicly announce the “Year of Resistance & Resilience” at City Halls, Police Departments, and town Squares around the country. We will walk out and deliver our “Movement Statement of Resistance to State Violence” at the doors of power.
Jan 18th: #DayOfResilience
After more than 150 days of direct action, we take a day of reflection, healing, learning and spirit. Healers, people of faith, educators and others will ground this day in practices that lift our spirits, remind us of our history, ease our minds, and prepare our bodies for the long road ahead.
Jan 19th Day of Action – #WWMLKD
On MLK day, do as Martin Luther King would have done and resist the war on Black Lives with civil disobedience and direct action. Take the streets, #shutitdown, walk, march, take action!