Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and His Association with the Labor Movement

As we celebrate the birthday, legacy and teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King today, let’s also remember that he was also prophetic. His admonitions about the dangers of not addressing the nations’ historical millstone of social and economic inequality was prescient; given our current American Dilemma.  Many of the solutions to todays’ issues can be found in his intersecting of the American Labor movement and the Civil Rights movement. This short clip shows the implications, then and now,  of heeding his call for social and economic justice.  

Happy Birthday, Dr. King.

State Central Committeeman Al Riley

Lawmakers Say Budget Impasse Hurting Black Population

Lawmakers from the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus say the state’s budget stalemate is having a big impact on the black population as youths miss out on financial aid for colleges and after-school programs.

The group called at a Monday news conference for an end to the standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders so those programs can continue. Black legislative leaders say they’ve prepared a report to be released later highlighting specific areas that need funding.

Illinois has been operating without a spending plan since July 1, with Democrats who control the Legislature and Rauner disagreeing over how to proceed.

Democrats want a tax increase and spending cuts to address a multibillion-dollar deficit. Rauner wants changes in laws to make business operations cheaper and to curb union power

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Lawmakers-Say-Budget-Impasse-Hurting-Black-Population–362043591.html#ixzz3uzXF5VZt