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'Languages of the Unheard' asks if militant action is important to democracy

Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy

by Stephen D'Arcy
(Between the Lines,
2013;
$24.95)

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In this time of political action and global protest, what are the politics and ethics of militant resistance?

In Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for DemocracyStephen D'Arcy uses the vivid examples of the Quebec Student Strike to the Mohawk land defence at Kanesatake to the Black Blocs at summit protests and attempts to build off the words of Dr. Martin Luther King that "riot is the language of the unheard."

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protests to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.” -- MLK Jr., "I Have a Dream"

Monday, January 20, 2014 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, commemorating what would have been the civil rights activist’s 85th birthday.

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A dream deferred? Events mark 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

Black America is hurting -- from the suppression of voting rights, to police violence to the lack of access to good jobs, education and housing -- and tens of thousands of people were determined to bring that message to Washington, D.C., on August 24.

Some 100,000 people in all gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial to be a part of a demonstration to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. The National Action Network called last Saturday's rally and march to honor the legacy of King and the civil rights movement -- but also to speak to the long way we have to go to fulfill that dream.

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U.S. surveillance and persecution of dissent, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Edward Snowden

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As the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington approaches, commemorating that historic gathering where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech, it is important to recall the extent to which King was targeted by the government's domestic spying apparatus. The FBI operation against King is one of the most shameful episodes in the long history of the U.S. government's persecution of dissenters.

Fifty years later, Edward Snowden, who is seeking temporary asylum to remain in Russia, took enormous personal risk to expose the global reach of surveillance programs overseen by President Barack Obama. His revelations continue to provoke worldwide condemnation of the United States.

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MLK's vision of justice and equality alive in movements like Occupy and Idle No More

Martin Luther King, Jr. 1964 (Photo: Library of Congress)

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot dead while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

Most Canadians, even those with little knowledge of American history, will know King as a leader of the African-American civil rights movement, a Christian minister and a proponent of non-violent civil disobedience. And many will be acquainted with the public address with which King is most closely associated, the 'I Have a Dream' speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. in August 1963.

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The rebellious life of Rosa Parks

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On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala., thus launching the modern-day civil-rights movement. Monday, Feb. 4, is the 100th anniversary of her birth. After she died at the age of 92 in 2005, much of the media described her as a tired seamstress, no troublemaker. But the media got it wrong. Rosa Parks was a first-class troublemaker.

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Cornel West on Obama and the real legacy of Martin Luther King

C-Span footage of Cornel West explaining why it bothers him that Obama will be taking the oath With MLK's bible.

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Martin Luther King Injustice Index 2013: Racism, materialism and militarism

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While the U.S. celebrates the re-election of its first African American President and the successes of numerous African Americans in all walks of life, there remain troubling challenges.

While remembering how far this nation has come since Dr. King was alive, we cannot forget how far we have still to go to combat the oppressions of racism, materialism and militarism.

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