Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday January 16, 2012: Occupy Folks Should Learn From Dr. King

By Sylvia Gurinsky

They've proved the first points by staying.

Now, the people representing the Occupy movement should try moving - specifically, marching.

All over the country, state legislatures are making moves that could be good - or not - for job and economic situations. That means the people's voice should be heard.

The Florida Legislature can hear those people more clearly if they're standing in front of the Capitol Building in Tallahassee, rather than sitting inside the tents next to the Miami-Dade County Government Center in Downtown Miami.

If the goal is to communicate the need for more jobs, for a more even playing field for American workers, for better opportunities and so forth, it's time to do so at the state level.

It's also time to do so by registering to vote - and by registering to run for office.

Today, the United States honors a man who was instrumental in encouraging both - marches and involvement in the political process - as ways Americans should use to make themselves heard.

"We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy," Dr. Martin Luther King said in that famous August, 1963 speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Get out of those tents. Get involved.

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