Monday, January 21, 2008

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - marking the birth date of the Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. - The campaign for a fed. holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, - was first observed in 1986 - It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
RELUCTANCE TO OBSERVE THIS DAY Jesse Helms (R-N C led opposition to the bill and questioned whether King was important enough.... He criticized King's opposition to the Vietnam War and accused King of having communist connections.
Ronald Reagan was also opposed to the holiday. He relented in his opposition only after Congress passed the King Day bill with an overwhelming veto-proof majority (338 to 90 in the House of Representatives and 78 to 22 in the Senate). MORE HERE:
Some years ago, I made this page to honor this man...
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What you may not know about MLK
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Today we honor Dr.
King's birthday. We all know him because of his historic impact on civil rights,
but many don't realize that later in life he fought just as passionately for the
rights of workers and against the entrenched institutions of injustice.
"Equality means dignity. And dignity demands a job and a paycheck that lasts
through the week."
The War on Greed is exactly this kind of fight. The livelihoods of families have
been directly attacked by the actions of buyout billionaires like Henry Kravis
putting Wall Street's special interests ahead of his 800,000 employees... and
pocketing $51,000 an hour in the process.
The first step must be taxing these buyout billionaires at a fair tax rate.
Please join us at our virtual lunch counter by signing the petition to
presidential candidates demanding they pledge to close the loopholes and tax the
tax dodgers. Buyout billionaires are a menace to our economy.
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