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MARTIN LUTHER KING Socialist ON JUSTICE FOR THE POOR “I am now con- Party USA 339 Lafayette St., No. 303 vinced that the New York, NY 10012 simplest approach Phone/Fax: (212) 982-4586 will prove the most Web: www.socialistpartyusa.org effective — the solution to poverty I want to know more about the is to abolish it Socialist Party USA; please add me to directly by a now your mailing list widely discussed measure: the Enclosed is $6 for a year’s subscription to The Socialist guaranteed income.” I want to join the Socialist Party THE WAY “The dispossessed of this country — USA; please send me a membership TO JOBS, the poor, the white and Negro — live application in a cruelly unjust society. they must PEACE AND Name: __________________________ organize a revolution against that FREEDOM... injustice, not against the lives of the Address: _________________________ persons who are their fellow citizens, but against the structures through which society is refusing to take _________________________________ DEMOCRATIC City: ____________________________ means which have been called for, and which are at hand, to lift the load State/Zip: ________________________ SOCIALISM of poverty.” Phone: __________________________ “We must rapidly begin the shift from “[He] is deprived of normal education E-Mail: __________________________ a ‘thing’-oriented society to a “per- and normal social and economic son”-oriented society. When machines opportunities. When he seeks oppor- and computers, profit motives and tunities, he is told, in effect, to lift Local Contact: property rights, are considered more himself up by his own bootstraps, important than people, the giant advice which does not take into triplets of racism, materialism and account the fact that he is barefoot.” militarism are incapable of being conquered.” A Socialist Party USA Pamphlet RECOGNIZING THE CONNECTIONS pouring of fellowship and brotherly co- capitalism. We now realize the important Martin Luther King Jr. recognized operation for a world of freedom and need for black leadership within the that war, racism, and poverty all have equality, a little Negro boy listened at the black community while also working to roots in the economic system of capital- Washington Monument to an eloquent build a multi-racial movement for peace ism. This system — where the few who orator. Turning to his father, he asked: and social justice. have the most wealth make the eco- ‘Who is that man?’ Came the inevitable nomic decisions — would have to be re- answer: ‘That’s Norman Thomas; he was THE ROAD TO DEMOCRACY placed by a more democratic political with us before any other white folks Dr. King recognized the need for elec- framework. He was also aware of the in- were.’” toral activity independent from the Re- tertwined history of Socialism and the publican and Democratic parties. The civil rights movement. SOCIALIST CONTRIBUTIONS possibility of an anti-war Peace and Free- In 1965, Dr. King wrote an article for King realized the contribution the dom presidential ticket, with King for Pageant magazine entitled, “The Bravest Socialist Party has made to black president and peace activist Benjamin Man I Ever Knew,” a tribute to Socialist struggles over the years. Spock for vice-president, was aborted in Party (SP) leader, Norman Thomas. King 1968 when King was tragically felled by lauded Thomas’s contributions in the I In 1910, SP members were prime an assassin’s bullet. field of peace, civil rights, and social jus- movers in the NAACP. What would a King presidency have tice. I During the Depression, Socialists been like? We know he would have “During our historic March on Wash- were active in founding the multi- worked hard to create “a world where ington in the summer of 1963,” King racial Tenant-Farmers Union, at a black and white, Jews and Gentiles, Prot- wrote, “when 250,000 Negro and white time when multi-racial organizations estants and Catholics, will be able to join Americans joined together in an out- were unheard of in the South. hands” to create a society based on free- I SP member A. Phillip Randolph dom and justice. scheduled the first Civil Rights Beyond that, Dr. King would have March on Washington 20 years ear- fought to revolutionize our economic sys- lier. The march was called off only tem. “If we are to achieve a real equal- after the federal government made ity,” King wrote from the Selma, Ala- concessions in its segregation poli- bama jail in 1965, “the U.S. will have to cies. adopt a modified form of socialism.” King I Activists like SP member Walter knew that political democracy is hollow Bermann risked their lives on the without economic democracy. early Freedom Rides. THE SOCIALIST PARTY USA IS POISED This is not to say that the SP has, or had, TO DEMOCRATICALLY TRANSFORM OUR SOCI- all the answers to racism. Early on, we ETY INTO THE KIND OF WORLD DR. KING EN- often failed to address racism as a sepa- VISIONED. WE ASK YOU TO JOIN WITH US TO rate issue connected to, but distinct from, INSURE THAT THE DREAM DOES NOT DIE.
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