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Minneapolis MLK march for ‘Jobs, Justice, and Housing’

By staff |
January 21, 2013
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Marching MLK Day in Minneapolis skyway
Marching MLK Day in Minneapolis skyway (Fight Back! News/Staff)

Minneapolis, MN – More than 100 people braved below-zero weather to join a Martin Luther King Day march here, Jan 21, for “Jobs, Justice, and Housing.” The event was organized by Occupy the Hood and Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change.

A statement from the organizers notes, “This march seeks to honor that legacy of Doctor King - the MLK of the ‘Vietnam and Beyond’ speech, in which he condemns the militarism, materialism, and racism in U.S. society and proclaims that: ‘A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death… Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’”

After rallying at 16th Street and Hennepin Avenue, marchers made their way to the skyway system, where they moved through downtown Minneapolis. A concluding rally was held near People’s Plaza. Among the speakers there was Deb Konechne of the Welfare Rights Committee, who spoke of their struggle at the Minnesota legislature to raise the welfare grants.