"In February 1968, almost a half-century before the death of Michael Brown, striking Black sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, held signs proudly over their heads as they marched through the streets of Memphis. “I am a man,” the signs read, a simple but powerful statement against the dehumanization the workers faced every day. In the past year, as Black men and women have been killed by police and vigilantes at a startling rate, protesters are again marching through the streets with signs making a simple but powerful statement: “Black lives matter.” It is unconscionable that in 2014 such an assertion should need to be uttered, but the struggle for human dignity and human rights is far from over. On this Labor Day and on every day, we honor all of our brothers and sisters facing abuse and dehumanization, and pledge to fight for the dignity and humanity of every person. All lives matter, and by affirming Black lives and communities and their basic economic, social, civil, and political rights, we affirm the lives and humanity of all people."
One must wonder at the priorities of these middle-aged white men who have reaped the benefits of the baby boomers era and who are now hell-bent on denying those same opportunities to our children.
I also note that our Prime Minister was not willing to move to where his employment is, a decision that is costing us tens of millions of dollars which could have supported many Newstart recipients for a long time."
— Kaye Lee (via auspoliticspixie)