by Jeff Jones and Will Jones
Last year over 600 people marched for economic justice in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro NAACP"s annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration, which was co-sponsored by over 30 local groups and organizations.
This year, on the thirtieth anniversary of Dr. King"s assassination, Chapel Hill and Carrboro will continue that momentum and work toward building a sustainable movement for social and economic justice. Come out on Monday, January 19 to celebrate our progress and energize yourself for more work.
Since last years march, the UNC Housekeepers Association has pressed Chancellor Hooker to live up to the agreement that he signed last year. The United Electrical workers unionizing campaign promises to extend the gains made by the Chapel Hill Housekeepers to campuses statewide. The Black Public Works Association continues to pressure for low income housing and to combat wage compression. UNC Groundskeepers recently formed an organization to struggle against racism and unfair employment practices.
This month the Black Student Movement marked its thirtieth anniversary by presenting Chancellor Hooker with 22 demands. The Alliance for Creating Campus Equity and Seeking Social Justice held a rally in the pit to address the growing threat to Affirmative Action, the Student Environmental Action Coalition carried out civil disobedience to protest corruption in the Board of Transportation, and the Nike Awareness Campaign held a Speak Out to focus attention on the University"s complicity with sweatshop production.
Martin Luther King Day offers an opportunity for community and campus groups to support each other and to raise a broad array of social and economic issues. Bring your friends and your organizations out in full force on January 19, to make this a great day in celebration of a great hero.
|Jeff Jones is a member of the Carolina Socialist Forum and Freedom Road Socialist Organization. Will Jones is a member of the Carolina Socialist Forum and the Committees of Correspondence. They are both graduate students in history at UNC.|
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