King Monument Celebration Is Saturday, April 5th
New Britain’s Mary McLeod Bethune Club will hold the “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Monument Celebration” on Saturday April 5th at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King Park at the corner of Stanley Street and MLK Boulevard.
Dr. Evelyn Phillips, Professor of Anthropology from Central Connecticut State University, will be the guest speaker. April 4th is the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. King who was not yet 40 years old when he died 46 years ago.
SEE “Remembering Again April 4, 1968” Below
Labor Holds “We Are Not Wisconsin” Forum
A coalition of state employee union has organized a “We Are Not Wisconsin” forum on Saturday, April 5th from 9 a.m. to noon at Middletown High School.
“This forum will help us understand how puppet politicians like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker succeeded in stealing wages, pensions and healthcare rights and benefits from public sector workers; and it will show us the devastating impact Walker and his extremists super-rich backers have had on all of Wisconsin’s working families and communities,” according to a statement from the Coalition.
Organizers say the forum will include speakers from Wisconsin’s labor unions who will discuss the aftermath of bitterly fought recall elections in Wisconsin and the negative impacts on communities and the public sector since state government rolled back basic rights of collective bargaining.
More information is available from the American Federation of Teachers at http://aftct.org/node/29022
City Deadline For Elderly Property Tax Relief Is May 15th
Older homeowners may apply for property tax relief if they meet income and other requirements and must do so before the May 15th deadline, according to the Assessor’s Office.
To be eligible for such a grant:
- You, or your spouse must have been at least 65 years of age as of December 31, 2013; or you must be over 18 and permanently disabled.
- You must be a permanent resident of the State of Connecticut. The property must be the applicant’s primary residence.
- Your 2013 income cannot exceed $41,600 if you’re married or $34,100 if you’re single/widowed.
- Income definition: Qualifying income is defined as adjusted gross income for IRS purposes plus any income not included in such adjusted gross income plus the amount received from Social Security
- You must provide the Assessors office or the Senior Center with a copy of your federal income tax return if you file one, and a copy of your Social Security 1099 form. The Assessors office or the Senior Center may require all other proofs of income that may be necessary for the certification of the claim (55 Pearl Street 860 826-3553).
If approved, credits are applied as a percentage of taxes based on valuations as of October 1, 2013.
From The Chair: Remembering Again April 4, 1968
This week’s anniversary of Rev. King’s assassination on April 4th —being observed by the Mary McCloud Bethune Club on Saturday — is a sad, irrefutable reminder that King gave his life for both civil and economic rights, especially the right of public employees to bargain collectively. From the extremist elements of the Republican Party (as well as the U.S. Supreme Court majority) there are fresh attacks against voting and labor rights in 2014 to remind us that the struggle for civil rights and against income inequality is far from over.
A Remembrance From That Day 46 Years Ago:
I remember exactly where I was on April 4, 1968.
That week day, like many others in my senior year in high school, I drove to Bradlee’s Department store on the Lynnway in Lynn, Massachusetts to punch in for the evening shift, earning some money before entering and commuting to Boston University in the fall.
The news spread quickly that Thursday evening that King was dead. It didn’t take long to realize that my shift as a retail clerk would be different from all the others. The store quickly emptied out. Not a customer in sight all night. No need for Mr. Silverman, the shaken and somber store manager, to send me out on outside carriage control. The bullets in Memphis were enough to bring a normal business day to a halt in Lynn and most of the nation. Just five short years before I had come home from junior high on a late summer day to watch King deliver his “I Have A Dream” speech.
There are many good remembrances of what King said and stood for on his national holiday in January every year, but not so much or enough is ever said on this anniversary of the day he died.
For people like me 4/4/68 is indelible. And it’s worth recalling – especially now why King was in Memphis. By 1968, Rev. King was widening the concerns of his movement. In “Where Do We Go From Here?” King opposed a Vietnam policy that had begun to break the nation further apart. The lunchroom sit-ins and battles over accommodations and voting rights were giving way to a broader agenda. He was planning a new march on Washington – “the Poor People’s Campaign” — when he decided to take up the cause of 1,300 black sanitation workers in Memphis, a city of southern segregation, where the white power structure opposed the right to unionize and the Mayor vowed never to bargain in good faith in a way that would give the sanitation workers their dignity. The strike and a citywide economic boycott were a cause King knew he could not ignore.
King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top” speech on the eve of the assassination is his best known from Memphis. But two weeks earlier, on March 18th, King galvanized support for strikers by saying: “So often we overlook the worth and significance of those who are not in professional jobs, or those who are not in the so-called big jobs…..One day our society will come to respect the sanitation worker if it is to survive.”
Following King’s assassination, the Memphis power structure gave up its intransigence – recognizing the union, awarding pay raises and instituting merit promotions.
King’s campaign for striking sanitation workers reaffirmed his greatness at the hour of his death and resonates today in the cause of social and economic justice. That is worth remembering most from the day he died.
originally posted by NB Politicus http://nbpoliticus.blogspot.com/2007/04/39-years-ago-today.html
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