Last year in April of 2011:
The sponsors of the "We Are One" rallies being held in 50 states repeatedly note that when Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, he was planning to march with 1,300 striking sanitation workers.
"In some ways the challenges we face on April 4, 2011, are very similar to those Dr. King faced in 1968," Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said Monday in a telephone news conference. "We're suffering from grave economic challenges here at home."
It is unfortunate, for the unions, that there are still so many of us out there who were alive during the struggles of Civil Rights Groups and we know that there is nothing that can compare to the treatment of blacks in this country.
My answer to this last year is the same this year and here's an article I wrote on the subject last April:
Timeline of WI protests from the Washington Post
Senator Walker's proposal to trim benefits and curtail collective-bargaining rights for many of the state's unionized workers. (What the union protests were all about)
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011
Thousands protest Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union bill in Wisconsin. Teachers, students, and prison guards descended on the Wisconsin Capitol.
Many Madison teachers joined the protest by calling in sick in such numbers that the district -- the state's second largest -- had to cancel classes.
14 Democratic state senators whose disappearance has prevented a vote
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
President Obama thrust himself and his political operation this week into Wisconsin's broiling budget battle, mobilizing opposition Thursday to a Republican bill that would curb public-worker benefits and planning similar protests in other state capitals.
Obama accused Scott Walker, the state's new Republican governor, of unleashing an "assault" on unions in pushing emergency legislation that would change future collective-bargaining agreements that affect most public employees, including teachers.
Friday, Feb. 18, 2011
State troopers were enlisted in the hunt for 14 Democratic state senators whose disappearance has prevented a vote on the new governor's controversial budget proposal.
The Civil Rights Movement -Why they marched and why Martin Luther died
- To ban discrimination based on the color of their skin
- Forcing blacks to sit in the back of the bus
- Not serving blacks in restaurants, hotels, etc
- Ban discrimination based on "race, color, religion, or national origin" in employment practices and public accommodations
The Civil Rights Movement exposed to the world the mistreatment of blacks in our country. Blacks were denied employment; were separated from whites in social settings, restaurants, restrooms, and public transportation. Blacks were treated as inferior to whites. Blacks accused of crimes had all white jurors.
- Blacks were denied the right to serve their country in the same way, and with whites.
- Blacks could not purchase homes in a 'white' neighborhood.
When blacks began to use nonviolent protest against these atrocities, they were met with police dog attacks, beaten, and the authorities used fire hoses on them.
Here is the full text of the Civil Rights Act (1964)
When was the last time white teachers had fire hoses used on them for protesting having to pay into their own retirement or into their own benefits?
Read about the benefits afforded teachers in the Teachers Union, and see if you still want to compare the Civil Rights Movement to the WI Protests.
Visit Voices of Civil Rights
*Would they all be protesting if they knew this fact:
The very first union label had in big bold letters "made by White Men".
You can see a picture of it below: