We Are Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

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Last Thursday, on Dr. King’s birthday, I demonstrated with members of 32BJ, the SEIU union which represents workers at Newark Airport.  These workers receive minimum wages and no health benefits for the hard work they do to make flying comfortable and safe. When Dr King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, he was demonstrating with sanitation workers for better wages and working conditions, just like the workers today at Newark Airport deserve. Dr King was more than a civil rights leader. He was a workers rights leader. He was a human rights leader.

More than four decades after Dr King’s assassination his leadership still leads us. US Attorney General Eric Holder is fighting to enforce the Civil Rights Act to ensure justice is in place throughout the United States. President Barack Obama is fighting to enforce the Voting Rights Act, as many states are making voting more difficult. And labor leaders are fighting for a livable wage and health benefits for their members.

Dr King was willing to give up his life, and did, at the age of 39 years, for civil rights, for workers rights, for human rights. His fight continues today, as we celebrate his life by continuing his fight for civil rights, for workers rights, for justice and for the right to vote.

Dr King, you lit a torch for freedom. We carry that torch in your name and in your honor today.

We Are Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

-Senator Raymond J. Lesniak
We Are Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr