By Fighting Words Staff
The first of a series of four classes of the MLK Freedom School was held at the Manitowoc Public Library. Titled “All Labor Has Dignity! (Si Se Puede!, Union, Yes!, No Borders in the Workers’ Struggle!)”, the program was presented both in person, chaired by Pastor Matthew Sauer (Manitowoc, First Presbyterian Church), and projected live on screen.
Speakers and performers included Brother Andre Walton (Executive Director, Our Wisconsin Revolution, Sheboygan), Sister Sarah Torres (Detroit Cultural Artist and Moratorium Now Coalition), Baltimore Unemployed Union representative, Brother Clarence Thomas (Oakland, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10, Retired and Million Workers March), Hector Urrutia (Denver Cultural Artist and People’s Activist) , and Gerry Scoppettulo, (Boston Pride At Work).
Here’s a recording of Urrutia’s talk: Ric Urrutia speaks on All Labor Has Dignity
The event was live streamed via MLK Day Manitowoc: All Labor Has Dignity MLK Freedom School Part 1
See also coverage of the event here: https://www.wearegreenbay.com/news/local-news/mlk-day-manitowoc-holds-the-first-day-of-their-freedom-school/
Second in the series will be “STRIKE A WOMAN? STRIKE A ROCK!
THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENTS” on October 14, described as:
“Women have always been central to any activity focused on civil and human rights. The title of this event is inspired by a South African women’s slogan that was especially taken up during the fight against apartheid which was defeated by a united worldwide people’s movement largely led by women and girls. Mrs. Coretta Scott King and a diverse array of other women’s contributions will be highlighted. Women on the front lines of the civil and human rights movements of today will be leading this event.” You can sign up here: Role of Women In the Civil & Human Rights Movement