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Oakland Rally and March for MLK Day

by Leon Kunstenaar (kunstena)
Children and disabled lead Oakland march to reclaim King's radical legacy
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Jan. 20, 2020, Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Even before the scheduled rally, children from the "Radical Monarchs", a "collective for young girls of color to form fierce sisterhood, celebrate their identities and contribute radically to their communities," marched around a few blocks shouting slogans.

Tolani King of Moms4Housing spoke to the mainstream media.

The rally, officially the "6th Annual Rally & March to Reclaim MLK's Radical Legacy," got underway at about noon. From the back of a large truck, many speakers, including mothers whose children had been killed by police, addressed the crowd.

Free, healthy food was provided.

First children, then several disabled people led the march to Lake Merritt. There was much drumming and music and, attesting to MLK's radical legacy, many causes were represented.

  • Housing is a human right.
  • End housing discrimination.
  • Disability justice.
  • Healthcare for all.
  • The Poor People's Campaign
  • End police violence.
  • No War on Iran.
  • Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice
  • Filipinos 4 Black Liberation and from Duterte
  • Reparations To Black America.

Dr. King would have been proud.

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