Monday, April 4, will be the 33rd anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King after marching with Memphis sanitation workers, and the AFSCME plans rallies nationwide; you can find one near you here. You may have heard that we working folks are under an unusual amount of pressure these days, both from corporations that won't hire us and the Republicans that want to take away our right to a decent life. Of course both corporations and Republicans are quite unpopular right now, but let's not get complacent, because they still have a lot of money on their side. And don't believe any "liberal" media hype that the unions are co-opting Dr. King's legacy. This is the same "liberal" media that started hating on Dr. King the minute he started preaching about the struggles of American workers.
In a related development, Public Citizen gives us yet more reasons to oppose Mr. Obama's "free" trade deal with South Korea. South Korea, you see, had their own economic armageddon in 1997, and what did they do about it? They started using "capital controls" -- like taxes on transactions and limits on currency exchanges and international transactions -- that slowed down trading and reduced chaos. Hard to believe, Harry, but the South Korea "free" trade agreement would actually prevent its signatories from doing that -- and it'd make the countries' taxpayers pay corporations "compensation" if governments even try to rein in all that chaos. The good news? Americans across the ideological spectrum oppose the deal. The bad news? Democratic and Republican politicians don't listen to Americans anymore. So we just speak out until they have no choice but to listen.