We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Can one man’s dream make a difference?
I choose not to watch the news-especially what is posted on Social Media. Folks just have such a strong opinion one way or the other; and just because it is written-doesn’t make it true.
On my way to work today, I overheard a conversation with a young kid, in his twenties, I would assume – and an older gentleman. Earls Nilo wanted to know the best place to promote his sign, which said “Single”. No, he wasn’t looking for a date. He was making a statement.
As I listened, I started to understand what he was trying to do.
I Have a Dream
Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 through 1968. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs and inspired by the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.
King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, he led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the nonviolent 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama. He also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In 1965, he helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, and the following year he and the SCLC took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In the final years of his life, he expanded his focus to include opposition towards poverty and the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled “Beyond Vietnam”.
In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign, when he was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Socialism in the US?
The history of socialism has its origins in the French Revolution of 1789 and the changes which it wrought, although it has precedents in earlier movements and ideas. The Communist Manifesto was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848 just before the Revolutions of 1848 swept Europe, expressing what they termed “scientific socialism”. In the last third of the 19th century, Social Democratic parties arose in Europe, drawing mainly from Marxism. The Australian Labor Party was the world’s first elected socialist party when the party won the 1899 Queensland state election.
In the first half of the twentieth century, the Soviet Union and the Communist parties of the Third International around the world mainly came to represent socialism in terms of the Soviet model of economic development, the creation of centrally planned economies directed by a state that owns all the means of production, although other trends condemned what they saw as the lack of democracy. In the United Kingdom, Herbert Morrison said that “socialism is what the Labour government does” whereas Aneurin Bevan argued that socialism requires that the “main streams of economic activity are brought under public direction”, with an economic plan and workers’ democracy. Some argued that capitalism had been abolished. Socialist governments established the mixed economy with partial nationalisations and social welfare.
By 1968, the prolonged Vietnam War (1959–1975) gave rise to the New Left, socialists who tended to be critical of the Soviet Union and social democracy. Anarcho-syndicalists and some elements of the New Left and others favored decentralized collective ownership in the form of cooperatives or workers’ councils. At the turn of the 21st century in Latin America, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez championed what he termed socialism of the 21st century, which included a policy of nationalisation of national assets such as oil, anti-imperialism and termed himself a Trotskyist supporting permanent revolution.
A Slave to the Corporate Machine
Have we lost focus on what is important?
Television Programming- on any given day, I would bet that the average person knows more about the Kardashians than how many homeless people there are in America.
BTW, in 2017 it was 554,000.
People chasing the status quo-fancy cars, name brand purses, shoes, jewelry, make-up for ridiculous prices. Credit card debt grows higher and higher. American consumers are over 1 trillion dollars in debt. The ever growing need to ‘have it all’; and now each and every one of us is stuck on the great hamster wheel of life, the vicious cycle of working for the machine, so we can pay off the machine.
When does it end?
It takes a village to make it work-what happened to love for humanity?
Maybe Earls is on to something here…..
With Hugs and Hope
This story is written from the eyes of Earls Nilo.
Information on Martin Luther King, Jr and the History of Socialism were acquired from Wikipedia.
Stats on homeless-motherjones.com
Consumer debt in America-nypost.com