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Monday, April 4, 2011

What would he say to us today?

On this day, 43 years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King was shot down and killed on a motel balcony in Memphis, TN.

Dr. King was in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers and their union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The workers were on strike for recognition of their right to join a union.

Today, those rights are under full-scale attack from Republicans in Congress, Tea Party governors and anti-worker public officials even right here in Rhode Island.

A lot has changes in the years since Dr. King's assassination, but far too much has remained the same.

Author: Will Collette