The Martin Luther King Day Anti-Bush Events

If you’re in the area, here is a list of a few of the unhinged events…

This weekend there are a number of events planned to use the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday as an excuse to attack the Bush Administration.

Here is a partial list of the anti-war, Anti-Bush events planned this weekend:

* MLK ‘Truth, Peace & Justice’ rally Sunday will focus on Bush impeachment, third Party campaign in Palo Alto for Congress as advertised at After Downing Street.

* Al Gore’s much publicized speech on Monday at Constitution Hall of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In a major address slated for delivery Monday in Washington, the former Vice President is expected to argue that the Bush administration has created a “Constitutional crisis” by acting without the authorization of the Congress and the courts to spy on Americans and otherwise abuse basic liberties.

Aides who are familiar with the preparations for the address say that Gore will frame his remarks in Constitutional language. The Democrat who beat Bush by more than 500,000 votes in the 2000 presidential election has agreed to deliver his remarks in a symbolically powerful location: the historic Constitution Hall of the Daughters of the American Revolution. But this will not be the sort of cautious, bureaucratic speech for which Gore was frequently criticized during his years in the Senate and the White House.

…Sounds like one of his “he played on our fears” unhinged speeches.

It is interesting that today Democrats.com has an article about a Zogby poll (no links are available) on Americans overwhelmingly approving George Bush’s impeachment. This is a nice build up for the stimulating Al Gore event on Monday. The poll findings are remarkable since just 10 days ago only 33% of Americans believed that Bush broke the law while 50% believed he did not. Now this Zogby poll says 52% of the country wants Congress to consider impeachment? Hmm.

* Code Pink is playing a flash MLK presentation on their site all weekend.

* New York Martin Luther King Day Events, Realizing the Dream: A Call to Conscience, actors Susan Sarandon and Jeffrey Wright will read select works of Dr. King.

* United for Peace and Justice provides handouts for your anti-war, Anti-Bush MLK events.

* On Monday, January 16, at 7 PM at Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theater, some of Chicago’s outstanding theater artists will present scenes/readings in a performance that they hope will inspire you to assume your birthright as citizens of the world in this moment of political upheaval. Readings from Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Martin Luther King, Jr., Naomi Wallace, Margaret Atwood, Harold Pinter and recent testimony from the Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration.

Donations at the event will benefit World Can’t Wait – Drive out the Bush Regime, a national movement calling on Bush to step down and take his whole program of immoral war, bigotry, intolerance, and suppression of science with him.

* Monday, Jan 16 – Martin Luther King Day, support Black Voices for Peace in kickoff of nationwide speaking tour by four mothers whose children died in Iraq. Special meeting place: Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 5301 N. Capitol St, NE from about 2 – 6pm. (Peace Majority Report)

* Sen. Edward Kennedy will join the LET JUSTICE ROLL Living Wage services and/or events on the Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend in order to inspire, educate and mobilize congregations and community organizations to support and act for raising the minimum wage at both the Federal and State levels.

* In Fort Lauderhill — Singer Harry Belafonte is featured speaker at the fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program, 7 p.m. at Diamante’s Banquet Center, 6501 W. Commercial Blvd., Lauderhill. Cost is $50 per person. 954-730-4218.

* Don’t be surprised if you see a remake of the 2003 MLK Celebrations this weekend:

The rally on the US Capitol today to mark the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech was broadcast live on C-SPAN. The event was attended by Democratic presidential contenders Howard Dean, Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton. The following are my personal observations, facts hidden from you by puff-pieces appearing on the wire services.

The most stunning aspect of this rally was the almost complete, seemingly choreographed absence of the Old Glory throughout the vast crowd, estimated by organizers to number 50,000. The fact that not a single black person thought it proper to show appreciation to a country that freed his forefathers from the clutches of slavery by proudly flying her flag, seemed almost offensive to me. Seen among the crowd were various pro-Palestinian banners and others denigrating America, one calling it “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world”.

Here is a list of minority accomplishments during the Bush Administration years for your use this weekend. They may come in handy.

Jason notes how John McCain’s MLK activities are being spun by the media.

The ACLU has its own unique way of celebrating.

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