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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...

What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Human Rights and MLK

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world ... Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere."
— Eleanor Roosevelt (on the 10th Anniversary of the UDHR)

"Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in."
— Martin Luther King, Jr., April 18, 1959,Youth March for Integrated Schools, Washington, D.C.

I would encourage the wide dissemination of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights at all functions commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We to organize to insist these words become a living reality for people everywhere. This Declaration should become the basis for unity in struggle.

Martin Luther King, Paul Robeson and W. E. B. Du Bois worked relentlessly their entire lives to make this document a living reality for every human being; we should, too. The foundation-funded outfits financed by the great Wall Street "philanthropists" will not be bringing this idea forward nor will their efforts be extended to organizing movements demanding the enforcement of these very basic human rights. Therefore, unless you take the initiative to educate, organize and mobilize in support of enforcing these rights through legislation creating the kinds of universal social programs and an economy based on human needs instead of maximum Wall Street profits these human rights will never become a living reality.

Quite frankly, I doubt capitalism--- no matter how "compassionate," can ever provide all people everywhere with these human rights; quite to the contrary, capitalism deprives the majority of the people of these very basic and fundamental human rights.

Only a cooperative socialist system can insure these very basic human rights become a living reality.

Participate in MLK Day activities and distribute copies of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a link to Dr. Martin Luther King's speech honoring W. E. B. DuBois:

Don't allow the foundation-funded outfits and corporate CEO's to distort and define what MLK stood for.

These foundation-funded outfits would like us to forget that W. E. B. DuBois, Paul Robeson and MLK were participants and activists in the global movements to advance human rights.