There may be loads to be mentioned for the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., however as Inauguration Day looms, what higher technique to honor his work toward the mass Poor People’s Campaign than to heed this name to motion.
Washington DC’s growing houseless population is in peril, and greater than common. Following the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, which killed five people, BBC confirmed that armed teams — largely white supremacist ones — are expected to return en masse for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Stoked by President Donald Trump, who on Jan. 13 turned the primary US president in historical past to be impeached twice, the specter of one other rebellion has town bracing, once more, for impression.
Coordinated mutual assist efforts are underway, however removed from over. Because of COVID-19 compliance, shelters citywide are already operating at limited capacity (and reportedly full). According to the Washington Post’s Kyle Swenson: “If protests once more flip ugly in the course of the inauguration, these with out shelter might be caught between battling police and extremists or make simple targets for instigators.”
So, take into account lending help for those who’re in a position, and within the spirit of Dr. King, selecting compassion. 4 days earlier than his assassination in March of 1968, Dr. King delivered his final main speech, titled aptly for right this moment: “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution.” It was a sermon on the significance of eradicating poverty. “In the end an awesome nation is a compassionate nation,” he mentioned. “America has not met its obligations and its obligations to the poor.” Possibly this week — if just for in the future, in a single metropolis — we will guarantee these obligations are met, collectively.