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Affiliates celebrate King Day with events, actions

Posted by: Gordon on 1/16/2014
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A speech by former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun and celebration of local leaders by MOSES in Detroit and ACTION in Lansing, Michigan, a prayer vigil to help kick off a campaign to clean up employment practices at healthcare giant UPMC in Pittsburgh are just a few of the actions and events Gamaliel affiliates plan Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Pittsburgh UNITED, a coalition in which PIIN participated, recently issued a report on UPMC called Unhealthy Choices that found in part:

Thousands of these [service] employees work full-time jobs without any hope of earning enough to sustain their families, let alone enough to improve their economic standing over time.” “While UPMC has assumed US Steel’s place as occupant of Pittsburgh’s tallest building and as our biggest employer, it has not taken on the steel industry’s role as a creator of prosperity for working people.

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Communities Unitedd and Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity, in St. Louis and Kansas City, respectively, continue to speak out on behalf of families and teachers for a plan that will serve, not experiment on, the children in Missouri's largest urban school districts. (if you are just catching up to this story, read Tuesday's piece in Kansas City Star here and a blog on education policy that lays out the issues clearly here. More developments expected this coming week on this issue.

As each year, King Day will be an exciting day, and week, across the country!
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