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Yesterday @RevDrBarber called out Governor @BillLeeTN & anyone who claims to love MLK but fight his agenda and hurt poor people.

Everyone should see it, so here's a THREAD. I encourage you to WATCH & SHARE them all.

Let's start with Barber calling out Lee to his face. 🔥🔥
"There are 3 million poor people in Tennessee.. 58% of your children..48% of women.. 61% of people of color..41% of all white people are poor in Tennessee. You can't solve that with a little charity, because that's not how it started."

@RevDrBarber to Governor @BillLeeTN 🔥🔥🔥
"740,000 people uninsured, it's a shame and a disgrace for Tennessee not to expand medicaid... it's POLICY MURDER. And don't tell me we can't do it, because when you get elected YOU GET FREE HEALTH CARE."

@RevDrBarber to Governor @BillLeeTN 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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On this #MLKDay, even as there are forces seeking to divide us, we need to recall & renew the Black-Jewish coalition for civil and human rights:…
As White Nationalism ascends and hate crimes grow, and as old wounds between the Jewish and Black communities have been reopened, and even as some push a message that Jews are attacking the Black community, this piece seems even more timely than when I wrote it.
Today, many have shared sentiments about the Black-Jewish coalition during the civil rights era. But the history of Black-Jewish solidarity extends well beyond the 50s/60s civil rights era, in both directions. I should know; I am its beneficiary:…
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Can you believe this? The Deep State is in FULL PANIC! The crazy FAKE NEWS MEDIA is completely unhinged! They smeared a bunch of Catholic school boys wearing red MAGA hats on a field trip to the Lincoln Memorial for starting a racist altercation with a Native American...
... protestor only to find out later (after these kids were maligned all over the Internet) that it was the protestor who was at fault for starting the confrontation! Now, the media is falling all over itself to APOLOGIZE! What? QAnon said the media will turn on their...
...masters in order to try and weather the coming storm once things started to get crazy, and they became exposed as lapdogs for the Cabal. With CNN's Chris Coumo and Jake Tapper all of the sudden defending Trump and the Wall and challenging Buzzfeed's crap article about...
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At the conclusion of #MLKDay, a brief thread about my father and how we can authentically honor him. #MLK90 #MLK:
He was a global, comprehensive thinker who believed that all of humanity is interconnected.
He was not anti-political. He believed that laws should reflect a quest for justice and peace. And he worked and protested for legislative change.
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Trump: Day 731
-Day 31 of the #TrumpShutdown
-Spent 2 Mins at #MLK Memorial
-MLK's Son Shuts Down Mike Pence
-8,158 False Claims in First 2 Years
-Posts Fake Image w/ Longer Finger
-Giuliani Sz Statements 'Hypothetical'
-China Grants Ivanka 5 Trademarks
Day 836 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Day 687 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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There is a myth going about. It is spoken on our news. It is taught in our schools. Liberal free thinking allies and racists alike tout it. It is an image that is much more a mirage of a colorblind hero in the body of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Gather round. #MLK2019 #MLK #MLK90
Let's jump right in with a quote from the "I Have A Dream" speech.

Dear White People,
Dr. King's mind was on a lot more than Black kids and White kids holding hands. Read this part: #MartinLutherKingJr on #PoliceBrutality. How #BlackLivesMatter of him...
Schools don't teach that #MartinLutherKing began the Poor People's Campaign, believed in Americans having a universal guaranteed income, and stood vehemently against the "evils" of capitalism and the Vietnam War. His dream went so exceedingly beyond "content of character".
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Just landed in #Thailand & looking forward to speaking at the @AfiForum. At the event? Come say hello. #AFIF2019.
500+ of the world’s leading #investors & #FI will explore investment opportunities to foster inclusive financial markets across #AsiaPacific
#Davos #WEF19 or here at the Asia Financial Institutions Forum @AfiForum #AFIForum 2019 in #Bangkok: something to ponder this #MLKDay weekend & beyond. #microfinance #accessstocapital #fintech #finance #inequality
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#FakeNewsMedia pushes it.
All hate Groups and ties
Black Panthers
and more
Hillary Clinton kisses Dragon KKK leader Robert Byrd. Snopes a fake website endorsed by elites and tech companies as factual website has lawsuits upon them. They are white racist mean people. White Supremacy words come, antisemitism n more
Dec 24 1865
In Pulaski, Tennessee, a group of Confederate veterans convenes to form a secret society that they christen the “Ku Klux Klan.” The KKK rapidly grew from a secret social fraternity to a paramilitary force.....…
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Trump and Pence spend TWO MINUTES in the freezing cold at Martin Luther King Jr. memorial after Al Sharpton slammed president for 'insult' of having no official events
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This horrible article made me think a few things.


The second was about the notion of allyship, Jews, and the Civil Rights Movement.… (1/)
So, the Civil Rights Movement in the US was a movement by and for Black people.
Black people that were tired of sitting at the back of the bus and being lynched and being funneled into subpar segregated schools organized to help themselves. That’s the movement at its core. (2/)
The role of white Jews (Heschel comes to mind) in the movement was that of an ally. Amplifying the work of the Black activists and pushing for their work to succeed was their role. (3/)
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#HowTo be a racist Democrat. Be as racist as possible to every minority so by the time you get to black people they aren’t even listening. #MLKDay
This message is endorsed by @tedlieu (who according to Chelsea is a bad driver) and @ericswalwell
But @KevinHart4real is the bad guy?
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Fifty-five years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., was confronted by a young white man as he traveled by plane from Atlanta to Jackson. Calvin Trillin reported on the exchange for @NewYorker in 1964. Here is part of that conversation: 1/… #TNYarchive #MLKDay
“‘I wonder if I could ask you two questions,” the young man said...”I happen to be a Southerner, but I also happen to consider myself a Christian. I wonder, do you feel you’re teaching Christian love?’ ‘Yes, that’s my basic approach,’ King said. 2/
“‘I think love is the most durable element in the world & my whole approach is based on that.’ ‘Do you think the people you preach to have a feeling of love?’ the young man asked. ‘Well, I’m not talking about weak love,’ King explained. ‘I’m talking about love with justice.’ 3/
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1/ This #MLKDay, I'm asking you to take a moment and consider supporting a project to tell the story of the late Cora Tucker, a woman whose story of leadership and participation in the civil rights movement needs to be told.
2/ Cora Tucker is @hey_ebie's grandmother. Tucker grew up in Halifax County, Virginia, the daughter of a widowed sharecropper. She was quoted as saying growing up in the segregated south was "pure hell". At a young age she vowed to fight for justice.
3/ And she did. She spent a lifetime fighting for equality, and for environmental and human rights. She formed a a grassroots organization called Citizens for a Better America that advocated for a range of issues such as voting rights:
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#SeptimaClark's papers at @avery_tweets and LDHI are two important archives of her intellectual production. Her writings reflect the depth of her brilliance and political savvy.… #MLKDay #CiteBlackWomen
For example, her handwritten essay "Good-bye Jim Crow" encapsulates her analysis of the political reverberations of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on U.S. society. #MLKDay #CiteBlackWomen…
Black women wrote, theorized, and organized throughout the 1960's with Dr. King, not in his shadow. It's important to remember that, and remember that the ideas and politics that emerged from this moment that we celebrate today were built out of community. #Mlk #CiteBlackWomen
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#MustWatch video by #GISPscholar Mathew Forstater honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and highlighting his call for a #JobGuarantee to ensure racial justice & economic security

#MLKDay #MLKDay2019 #FullEmployment #EconomicJustice #GreenNewDeal
Additional resources on #MLK and #JobGuarantee: Related Readings:
Forstater, Mathew (2004) "'Jobs for All': A Fitting Tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."…
Forstater, Mathew (2007) "From Civil Rights to Economic Security: Bayard Rustin and the African American Struggle for Full Employment, 1945-1978" International Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 36, No. 3.…
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How small Trump and Pence are. They stop by the King Memorial on #MLKDay, say nothing about Dr King or his legacy of expanding America's promise of justice, equality & civil rights. They represent the opposite—fear, hate, cages, walls. So small next to the great Stone of Hope.
Showman Trump's photo-op visit to the King Memorial was just long enough for cameras to snap. He even thanked them. "Thank you for being here. I appreciate it" and left. Nothing about the great American he was supposed to be honoring #MartinLutherKingJrDay
Oh snap: Watch how brief Trump & Pence's visit to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington DC was. Just long enough for cameras to snap. Also long enough to capture the combover swinging in the wind over the bald spot. #MartinLutherKingJrDay
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New Gov. @BillLeeTN before speaking at the same MLK Day event as @RevDrBarber. "I think he would think we have much to do," Lee says of King. Asked about wage inequality, Lee says raising minimum wage is not "the approach," but "creating opportunity" is.
Gov. @BillLeeTN gets some applause from the audience here when he says he wants to focus on reentry programs as part of his criminal justice reform efforts. He tells the story he frequently referenced while campaigning about mentoring a teen in an urban neighborhood.
So @RevDrBarber is saying God commanded nations/government to take care of their poor, etc., not individuals, which is sort of the opposite of what @BillLeeTN says about government not solving our problems. I'm guessing he is uncomfortable sitting on stage behind Barber.
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On this #MLKDay, don't just tweet famous quotes & then go on about your day. I ask that you live in #MLK's spirit and live out his words. Work to help those that are oppressed, to help those in need. Work to eliminate racism in all its forms. Be kind. Be just. #IHaveADream
#MLK's #IHaveADream speech:
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. #MLK
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on this #MLKDay I appreciate the context from @JeanneTheoharis's book A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History. I'm going to share some passages that I think are useful & informative on what she calls "mis-histories" of the movement.
The book is basically about the mischaracterizations of the civil rights movements as we're taught it most often, especially as it pertains to Dr. King and Rosa Parks. The rhetoric of the movement has been co-opted to support things that stand directly against its principles.
"Political leaders, pundits, and citizens came to see and tell the story of the modern civil rights movement as one of progress and national redemption."
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Much of what Dr King had to say was deeply unpopular in his day. Some Gallup surveys had him polling < George Wallace. The postcard King is not King. He was a warrior for the poor and a martyr for racial justice. Here he is Sept 1966 on @60Minutes #MLKDay
And this amazing clip that’s not frequently seen:
But this one seems particularly relevant today — a clip of MLK at the Berlin Wall found by our amazing #amjoy intern Arlyn Soto this weekend. Here’s the segment:
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Let's Remind Everybody that Dr Martin Luther King was a Republican fighting for ALL Rights, not just for the Black community #MLKDay

Things the MSM & democrats will not tell you:

Dr Martin Luther King Jr is & Always has been a Republican


Here is the Govt Public Record Evidence that the "Democrats" attempted to stop the voting & signing to law the "Civil Rights Act of 1964"

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He didn’t “give” his life, he was murdered by a White supremacist. Y’all still haven’t learned a damn thing from his life or death and need to stop speaking his name in vain because it’s a fucking insult and disgrace to MLK’s legacy and Black people in general.
I’m so sick & tired of the White folk who pretend MLK died on the cross for their sins and like all the racist shit they do/enable the other 364 days of the year can somehow be absolved as long as they disingenuously misinterpret his legacy on #MLKDay.
Cease, desist and GTFOH.
Don’t get it twisted, MLK thinks you’re racist trash. @PressSec @realDonaldTrump
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THREAD: Rev. Dr. MLK Jr. boldly condemned US militarism despite great controversy & cost. To honor his legacy we must be at least as bold. The time has come. Join the movement to #ReclaimMLK #MLKDay
Text: On April 4, 1967, Dr. King delivered a speech titled “Beyond Vietnam.” #DropTheMIC #ReclaimMLK
While he received a standing ovation that night, the following day Dr. King was denounced by 168 major newspapers. While today every major press outlet will commemorate and memorialize Dr. King, there was a time when that wasn't the case. #ReclaimMLK #MLKDay
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Dr. King to Harry Belafonte: “I’m afraid America has lost the moral vision she may have had. I’m afraid that even as we integrate, we are walking into a place that does not understand that this nation needs to be deeply concerned with the plight of the poor and disenfranchised.”
”Until we commit ourselves to ensuring that the underclass is given justice and opportunity, we will continue to perpetuate the anger and violence that tears the soul of this nation. I fear I am integrating my people into a burning house.”
Belafonte said he asked King, “What should we do?” and King replied that we should, “become the firemen.” King said, “Let us not stand by and let the house burn.” #MLKDay
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