This weekend, ICWJ will be joining faith communities, labor unions, civil rights activists, workers, and students across the country in commemorating the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, TN on April 4th, 1968. Dr. King was advocating for the rights of sanitation workers in Memphis to collectively bargain to better their working conditions at the time of his death. Now, as Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and other states across the country contend with attacks on the rights of workers, we remember Dr. King’s vision for a more just world. As Dr. King said in his last speech, remembered as “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” on April 3, 1968: “Now, what does all of this mean in this great period of history? It means that we’ve got to stay together. We’ve got to stay together and maintain unity.”
We Are One: April 1-4 Events
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Been to the Mountaintop: Striking a Chord for Justice
Wisconsin State Capitol
Join ICWJ, Madison-area Urban Ministry, and the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice on Sunday for an afternoon of community, song, and reflection as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s great work. We’ll be holding a sing-along of labor songs and hymns Sunday afternoon, to strengthen our resolve and renew our spirit.
We’ll be singing inside the Capitol building. Meet us on the ground floor Rotunda area. We’ll have songbooks, but bring your families, friends, co-workers, and voices.
Want to practice for the sing-along? Download the printable songbook here!
Monday, April 4, 2011
Call to Prayer, Reflection
Wherever you are
At noon on Monday, April 4, ICWJ asks that you take a moment from your busy day to silently say a prayer and reflect on Dr. King’s work for social and economic justice, and the current struggle for workers’ rights here in Wisconsin and across the country. If you have a moment, consider reading this sermon by Rev. CJ Hawking of the national Interfaith Worker Justice, or sharing this prayer with family or a co-worker.
From Memphis to Madison
Rally begins at 5:00PM, meet ICWJ contingent at 4:45PM
Wisconsin State Capitol, State Street side
Join us for a rally as part of a Statewide Day of Action in conjunction our GOTV efforts. ICWJ will be meeting to march together in front of Grace Episcopal Church at 4:45. A coalition organization, We are Wisconsin, is bringing people together to continue to speak out about the Republican attacks on Wisconsin families and take action to move Wisconsin forward.
The rally will feature performances by Michelle Shocked, Michael Franti, and speeches by the Reverend Jesse Jackson and other leaders of the movement.
Meet at Carroll St. and State St. side of Capitol at 6:30PM to march with Rev. Jesse Jackson to MLK Blvd side of Capitol
After the rally, please consider attending a candlelight vigil! The people of Madison and greater WI will be gathering in the area of MLK Blvd. between the Capitol building and Monona Terrace in remembrance of Dr. King as well as standing in solidarity against the political maneuvers to take away peoples’ rights. Meet us at 6:30PM at Carroll St. and State St. by the ICWJ banner to march with Rev. Jesse Jackson and two sanitation workers from Memphis to the vigil site!