Latinos y MLK Jr.

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The family of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is asking the public not to celebrate the civic activist on MLK Day as Congress stalls national voting rights protection for black, Native American and Latino voters.

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Why this matters: The King family and other civil rights advocates today see access to the ballot as equally important for people of all color.

Running news: Democratic leaders have found a mechanism to bypass an early Republican filibuster and debate party-wide election reform bills, according to a new leadership memo obtained by Nerdshala Alaina Treine.

  • This strategy is the latest example of how Democrats are looking for new ways to bypass Senate procedures that block their agenda.
  • But the end result is likely to be the same: insufficient support to change the 60-vote limit needed to pass comprehensive voting rights reforms. The lack of movement has angered the Raja family.

Flashback: King began working with Mexican American civil rights leaders in Texas and California a few months before his assassination. He was trying to organize a march of poor people.

  • At a gathering of Latino and black leaders in Atlanta to plan the march, King met with figures such as Reece Lopez Tijerina, but that continues to confuse Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans, said Brian D. Behnken, a professor of history at Iowa State.
  • maria varela, a Mexican American photographer and student nonviolent coordinating committee activist, said King and other black leaders did not know much at the time about the discrimination and racial violence that Latinos also faced.

What are they saying: “It is very important that the king will not allow Latino agricultural workers to stand up against black workers or the larger civil rights movement,” Rev. William Barber, poor people campaign, told Axis.

  • “In 1966, King sent (agricultural labor union leader Caesar) a telegram to Chavez saying that ‘our separate struggles are in fact one – the struggle for freedom, dignity and humanity.'”
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do not forget: poor people’s campaign Barber Co-Chair, based on the model of Martin Luther King Jr. 1968 March of the Poor People and seeks to mobilize low-income black, white, Asian American, Latino and Native American residents.

  • The Poor People Campaign is planning a “Mass Poor People and Low-Wage Workers Assembly and Moral March on Washington and the Poles” at 18.

go in: House passes voting rights bill to establish Senate performance


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