Hundreds of labor, civil rights, and community activists will gather to honor Dr. King’s legacy and continue the movement for economic and racial justice
Over 500 activists and leaders from the labor and civil rights movements will come together in Detroit from January 12-January 16, 2012 for the AFL-CIO’s national annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and National Conference.
The weekend of activities will honor the legacy of Dr. King and recommit attendees to working toward economic and social justice for working families. Attendees will engage with families and community members hit hard by the recession during a day of community service projects around the city at local shelters, food banks, schools and social service centers. A town hall meeting and a series of workshops will provide a forum for attendees to discuss and learn more about present civil and worker rights fights including attacks on voter rights, protecting public education, and organizing for job-creating legislation.
“During these times, when people are unemployed, looking for work and in poverty, it is very important for labor and civil rights activists to come together as one to continue Dr. King’s movement,” said Augusta Thomas, AFGE National Vice President for Women and Fair Practices. “Little Martin, as I called him, would be so proud of us working together for the betterment of society,” she added.
Featured speakers and awardees include: Rep. Hansen Clarke, Rep. John Conyers, national radio host Joe Madison, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, UAW Pres. Bob King, U.S Department of Labor Sec. Hilda Solis and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker.
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