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|Santa Monica's Former Mayor Talks About Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream
Former Santa Monica Mayor Nat Trives delivered the following speech in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. at Santa Monica's 28th celebration of the Civil Rights leader's birthday. Trives delivered the speech at SGI Auditorium at 525 Wilshire on January 19 .
January 21, 2013 -- I am honored to be with you on occasion of Santa Monica's 28th Celebration ceremony in recognition of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. who, if he were alive today would be 84 years old. But in point of fact he was assassinated over 44 years ago.
Yet nearly fifty years later, women still make less than men.
REALITY: The size of the pay gap depends on how you measure it. The most common estimate is based on differences in annual earnings (currently about 23 cents difference per dollar). Another approach uses weekly earnings data (closer to an 18 or 19 cents difference).
Analyzing the weekly figures can be more precise in certain ways, like accounting for work hours that vary over the course of the year, and less accurate in others, like certain forms of compensation that don't get paid as weekly wages. No matter which number you start with, the differences in pay for women and men really add up. According to one analysis by the Department of Labor's Chief Economist, a typical 25-year-old woman working full time would have already earned $5,000 less over the course of her working career than a typical 25-year old man.
If that earnings gap is not corrected, by age 65, she will have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars over her working lifetime. We also know that women earn less than men in every state and region of the country, and that once you factor in race, the pay gap for women of color is even larger.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.
Douglas Georgia - The Georgia State Conference NAACP President, Edward DuBose is calling for an investigation of the Douglas Georgia (Coffee County) Law Enforcement Agency and Fire Department by the U.S. Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation concerning allegations of the use of hangman's nooses against fellow law enforcement and fire department officers. A noose was allegedly placed in the work area of an African American Law Enforcement Officer by at least three "White" officers in October 2010.
The officer accused of spearheading this egregious act was fired from the Douglas Police Department, but rehired by the City of Douglas to work within another department. Less than one week from the noose incident with the African American Law Enforcement Officer, a Douglas, Georgia African American Fireman allegedly had a noose placed around his neck while interviewing for a job promotion with the Fire Chief and at least four other "White" Fire Department officials. No action has been taken by the City against the Fire Chief or the officers in the room who allegedly placed the noose around the Fireman's neck.
Bill Denny, a Mississippi Republican state representative elected in 1987, sponsored that state's voter-ID bill - awaiting preclearance by the Justice Department - because he thinks voter impersonation is a problem even if there have been few prosecutions. "Whether you have proof of it or not," he added, "what in the heavens is wrong with showing an ID at polls?"
Dr. Lori Minnite, the Rutgers professor, is worried that lawmakers could disenfranchise voters who don't obtain the correct IDs and are prohibited from voting in November based on a problem that barely exists. "Voter fraud is not a problem [so] the solution should not be to address voter fraud," Minnite said. She said it could be especially burdensome for poor people to obtain the correct documents to get an ID - even for a free ID that some states with new ID laws are providing. Minnite asked whether voting rights for "thousands of people should be sacrificed ... where there is absolutely no basis for (voter ID) in the first place." Civil-rights groups compare the voter-ID laws to Jim Crow laws, poll taxes and literacy tests designed to keep blacks from voting in the past.
Dr. King's three surviving children actively advocate for equal justice for all as they carry on the tradition of their father. Yolanda Denise King was the first-born child of Coretta Scott King and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her younger siblings were Martin Luther King, III, Dexter Scott King, and Bernice Albertine King.
The Reverend Dr. Bernice King was the first King child to speak outside Atlanta on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. I flew to Atlanta and went to the King Center and met with the King people and was initially rebuffed, however at the time Bernice was pursuing a college education I persuaded her that her speaker’s honorarium would go a long way toward paying her tuition. Low and behoid, our MLK Day speaker in 1991 was Bernice king who spoke to a full house in the Santa Monica College Pavilion.
On the one hand, I do believe this Dream has been fulfilled in that the nation today is more likely to judge the King off-springs by their actions and deeds rather than by their race. But on the other hand, there are always “Talk Radio Folk” who belie common decency.
The Southern Poverty Law Center today demanded that Alabama’s Autauga County Schools end policies and practices that have excluded immigrant students from extracurricular activities. Alabama has made a costly and ill-advised decision to go all the Way to the U.S. Supreme Court to criminalize Alabamians for providing shelter - or even a ride - to a person unable to prove his immigration status, the Southern Poverty Law Center said today after the state appealed a lower court’s ruling against its anti-immigrant law, also known as HB 56.
One the one hand, I believe this DREAM has gone unfulfilled. But on the other Hand, believe it or not, Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat but Alabama native who was badly beaten during the attack on marchers in 1965, rallied marchers Sunday, telling them that the struggles for human rights in 1965 and in 2012 are the same.
"Fortyseven years ago l spilled a little blood on that bridge but that was nothing compared to those who died so that we could live in a better America," Lewis told a large Crowd En front of Brown Chapel AME Church, the same Church marchers used to stage the 1965 march. "We march today for whatwe did 47 years ago for what is fair, what is right and for what is just."
I believe this is the only one of Dr. Kings Dreams that can be Redeemed and only in a Spiritual Sense when someone like Dr. King and my Mother meet in that great "Hereafter" where the dream described above can indeed be a Spiritual Reality.
Thank you for having me join you for this 2013 Celebration of the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
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