FIGHTING FOR THE CAUSE

Thank you for enlisting in the cause.

In Short…

For many of us who came of age in the Movement days of the 1960’s, when Civil Rights direct action for equality for the then so-called Negro merged with anti-war activism into a national confrontation over the entire premise of what our country stood for, this year of 2018, the 50th anniversary of the murders of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, is a troubling memory and a prompt for renewed action. Those battles once fought in the streets, in the legislatures, in our parents’ homes and every other manner of venue, need to be reactivated in public meetings and polling places all over the nation over the next few years for our political system and world to survive. Nobody can do this for us; we remain the ones who will need to carry the day, to elect responsible, courageous and intelligent government that will address our most pressing problems. As in those earlier days of awakening, the time of King and Kennedy, there are young people and elders ready to put real effort into ending the wars and bringing the troops home so that that money and energy can be used for dignity and justice and to rebuild the country and to restore hope for the future and confidence in our course of action. We cannot have adequate health care and housing and education and clean air and water while continuing with endless military adventures all over the globe. Your vote, attention and involvement in 2018 and 2020 is the critical factor for success. Generations of Americans fought for the right to vote. It is now time to use that power as never before to elect representatives who are, to use Shirley Chisholm’s great phrase, “unbought and unbossed”. The triple curse that King decried – of war, racism and poverty — will not go away of its own accord. To paraphrase Gandhi: We are the change we wish to see in the world.