Fifty years after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, low-wage workers are continuing the march for livable wages. In 35 cities, fast food workers are striking for a $15 minimum wage and the right to organize.
Much of the press is speculating about whether President Obama's speech on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington can reach the “King standard.” But this is the wrong standard by which to measure the president.
As we remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, it is a good time to reflect on our own dreams of what our society could become. What is my dream? It starts with jobs. But it goes on from there.
In 1963 the March on Washington called for an increase in the minimum wage. But it was higher then than it is today, though productivity has risen. Our nation's wealth has gone to the top 1 percent. That's not freedom.
This week thousands gathered to remember the 1963 "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," and recommit to Dr. King's unfinished dream. But the challenge of delivering on the dream remains.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. understood that a full employment economy is a prerequisite for economic justice. A renewed movement demanding full employment is now more crucial than ever.