Remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we now have the resources to get rid of it.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2010

There are many ways for people to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have two suggestions.

First, we can contribute to help the desperate people of Haiti. I am donating $10.00 for each of my Haitian students who are struggling to make sense of this tragic disaster to Partners in Health. This Boston-based organization has been in Haiti for 20 years bringing quality health care to the poor.

There are many legitimate organizations accepting donations for Haiti: Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Oxfam America, Save the Children, UNICEF, CARE, the American Red Cross, and Doctors Without Borders. Please reach into your pockets and give whatever you can to help to relieve the suffering in Haiti.

The United Workers Movement will be conducting a collection for the people of Haiti in front of the Microl intersection from 4 pm to 6 pm this Friday and next. They ask you to join them in "extending a helping hand to our brothers and sisters in need."


Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The second way we can remember the legacy of Dr. King is by signing the online petition calling for the U.S. Congress to grant an unobstructed pathway to citizenship for the guest workers and other legitimate nonresident groups in the CNMI. Dr. King stood for the fulfillment of the American dream, for social justice, and for the end to involuntary servitude and the undemocratic disenfranchisement of members of our communities.