WASHINGTON — Amidst the continued struggle to secure voting rights for all Americans, Common Defense celebrates the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On this day set aside to remember the legacy of one of our nation’s greatest civil rights heroes, we recommit ourselves to the ideals he fought and died for: civil rights, voting rights, workers’ rights, and an end to wars. Today and every day, we honor the work of Dr. King by continuing the fight against white supremacy, discrimination, and all forms and hatred and bigotry.
Common Defense Executive Director Jose Vasquez issued the following statement:
“On this day we remember the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose movement changed America forever. We honor his legacy by following in his footsteps and continuing to be uncompromising in our battle to defend democracy, protect the freedom to vote, and champion policies that support veterans and working class families. Nearly six decades after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Republicans seek to chip away at voting rights across the nation, weakening our democracy for their own political gain.
“As we organize and advocate for progressive policies in 2022, including voting rights for all, we hope to show the same courage in the face of adversity as Dr. King. Amidst the rising tide of racism, hate, and violence, Common Defense’s 250,000 members will continue to stand up for our communities, organize against the entrenched power of billionaires, and champion an equitable and representative democracy, where ‘liberty and justice’ truly is for all.
“This weekend, we are proud to join more than eighty organizations in taking part in events to celebrate the holiday and push for voting rights. On January 15, Dr. King’s birthday, Common Defense member Joanna Sweatt joined Martin Luther King III’s family and local groups to rally supporters across Phoenix, Arizona in partnership with the Arizona Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee. Additionally, on January 17 in Washington D.C., Common Defense members will join the family and hundreds of others as they cross the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and as a part of the annual D.C. Peace Walk: Change Happens with Good Hope and a Dream.”