Monday, March 5, 2012

My father would be ashamed

My father would be ashamedBelow is an email from Martin Luther King III, who created a petition at that is getting a lot of attention and may be of interest to people in your area. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.Dear Georgia MoveOn member,Extremist lawmakers in Georgia's legislature are pushing a bill designed to intimidate those who would engage in protest activities, such as picketing or sit-ins. This is an effort to silence protesters who are standing up for economic justice.My father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., died fighting for economic justice. Before his assassination in 1968, one of the ways he supported striking sanitation workers in Memphis was by joining them on the picket line.It's shocking to me that 44 years after my father's death, extremist legislators are still trying to silence peaceful protesters. My father would not back down from opposing this bill, and we cannot either. That's why I created a petition to the Georgia House and Senate and Governor Nathan Deal on, which says:We urge all Georgia lawmakers to oppose SB 469. This bill restricts the free speech rights of Georgians.It burdens small businesses by forcing them to issue additional notices to their employees, and it puts extra strain on our already-stretched public safety forces. We need lawmakers to focus on real solutions to our jobs crisis, not push bills that take away our basic free speech rights. Again, please vote NO on SB 469.Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:!–Martin Luther King IIIThe text above was written by Martin Luther King III, not by MoveOn staff, and MoveOn is not responsible for the content. This email was sent through MoveOn's secure system, and your information has been kept private.Want to support our work? MoveOn Civic Action is entirely funded by our 5 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.

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