Martin Luther King, Jr Day sets the stage for the Trump Administration. Inauguration Day is Friday, January 20, 2017 just four days after the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Take a moment on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to actively remember the history of the Civil Rights Era. Tell your political representatives to steadfastly support equal rights and justice for all and oppose the racism and stereotyping of the 2016 election. Donald Trump has nominated Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General. Senator Sessions is a lifelong opponent of equal voting rights and is hostile to our nation’s commitment to civil rights.
We draw our inspiration from the great struggles for Civil Rights and the movement against the Vietnam War. Dr. King was a key figure but it took hundreds of thousands of participants in marches and protests of all kinds to pass meaningful legislation and end an unjust war.
Protests work, marches draw attention to our message, phone calls are counted, letters (not emails) get read, and your fellow community members notice when you speak up and stand up. Now is the time to act for justice.
- Get out and join a parade! Attend an activity or celebration! Make a visible statement of your support for equality and diversity by joining a local march or activity on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Join one of the marches on January 21 to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump. Find one at http://www.womensmarch.com/sisters
- Call both your Senators - whether they are Republicans or Democrats – tell them to oppose the nomination of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Find your Senators phone numbers: https://www.callmycongress.com
- Sessions is a divisive activist who is at odds with our nation’s commitment to civil rights. He has a history of racist remarks and of collaborating closely with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim nativists.
- Sessions has a long, unbroken record as an opponent of voting rights and will continue Republican efforts to suppress the vote of communities of color and young people.
- We are in this together. Our commitment to diversity, equality and justice is not a matter of “identity politics” but a fundamental moral and political principle that you expect your Senators to represent.
ONE MORE THING: Encourage your Senators to resist the pressure to confirm Trump appointees before the Office of Congressional Ethics has signed off on a complete vetting of possible conflicts of interest. There must be full financial disclosure by all appointees…as has been expected of appointees for previous administrations—Democratic as well as Republican!