On April the 4, 2010, the POOR PEOPLES ECONOMIC HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN will start a march/caravan from New Orleans to the United States Social Forum in Detroit Michigan. Over the next couple of months they will participate in various events sponsored by many organization to spotlight the issues of poverty and oppression in the United States. My experiences with PPEHRC have always been very positive. They are a group with both racial and gender diversity, concentrating on fighting oppression and poverty all over the country.
Survivors Village is sponsoring a RIGHT TO RETURN RALLY in St. Bernard which is also meant to show support and give a good send off for PPEHRC and their allies who will be in New Orleans for the march/caravan. I know that it is asking a lot of some people to alter the plans that they normally make on Easter Sunday and come to a political event. That’s why I am hoping those of us who work for social justice everyday will be the nucleus of the rally.
Recently Pam Nath, of Mennonite Central Committee, wrote a letter urging Christians to follow in the path of Jesus and support the poor and the oppressed on this most holy of days in that faith. I am appealing to those of you who may not be Christians, but have admired the works of people like Martin Luther King, and other social justice martyrs. April 4 is also the day that Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968.
It is no coincidence that King’s move towards economic justice, and opposition to the waste of resources and human life brought about by war immediately preceded his death. These were crucial and volatile issues then, and we are up against the same forces and the same issues today.
Considering the sacrifices of those who went before us, giving up some time on Sunday, should not seem a terrible burden.
I am sure looking at the way things are in New Orleans, the U.S., and the world, MLK, would preach his Easter sermon and then stand against poverty and oppression. Those of us who admire such a great man should emulate him. Do what you have to do on Sunday and then come and support PPEHRC as they start on their journey.
I hope to see you on Sunday, at 5 pm. at 3800 St. Bernard Ave.