Reclaiming MLK’s Radical Vision for Economic Equality: Event on Jan 19

Hope in an Age of Crisis:
Reclaiming Dr. King’s Radical Vision for Economic Equality

Event Date/Time: Sunday, January 19th, 2014 — 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: St. Michael the Archangel Church, 8231 S. South Shore Drive, Chicago*
*Free transportation from Roosevelt University provided.

This is a message from Rebecca Quesnell, a SUST major at Roosevelt and a leader in RISE, a student activist network on campus working to empower students to organize around social justice issues. RISE is a part of the IIRON Student Network, an organization of university groups serious about building the power to transform our society to reflect the values of social justice.

Over the past semester, I have worked with leaders from RISE and C.O.R.E  (Coalition of a Responsible Education), in partnership with  the IIRON Student Network, IIRON, and  The People’s Lobby to jump start a new progressive movement. On  January 19th we will be hosting a public meeting with 2,000 people to hold our legislators accountable on four main issues: income inequality, mass incarceration, climate change and corporate accountability. This will be a chance to collectively organize students, professors, and community members to address local, statewide, and national issues.

Personally, I am invested in the issue of climate change and, further, hydraulic fracturing in relation to its upcoming presence in Illinois in the near future. Just within the past four months I have been working with RISE on campus and with Chicagoland Against Fracking and the IIRON Student Network Campaign Against Fracking off campus. This ongoing experience is giving me a lot of perspective in terms of our ongoing environmental crisis and how I can personally play a role in improving it. It has also given me some insight into other issues going on within Illinois which are just some of the four issues being brought to the table at this event.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. understood racism would never be eradicated so long as profit motive was the primary value of our economic and political systems. Instead, Dr. King articulated a radical vision for economic equality and for “a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few.” We will be hosting our public meeting on MLK Day in order to honor this vision.

RISE plans to bring over 100 Roosevelt students to this event, and would like your support in the following ways:

1. Register to attend! RISE members are serious about enacting real change on our campus and in our communities, and this event is the culmination of a lot of hard work to that end. We hope to inspire Roosevelt students, faculty, staff, and administrators to return to our university with a new resolve for social change… and we want you to be a part of that!

Use this link to register: http://www.thepeopleslobbyusa.org/mlk/

IMPORTANT: When you register, select  IIRON Student Network as your organization, and write in RISE as your local member organization. This will help us keep track of registrations. Free buses will transport people from Roosevelt to and from the event.

2. Contribute to the IIRON Student Network and build the movement with us! Our movement is built on people power, but to grow our influence across the state and country we need money. Your contribution will help fund organizing trainings, buses to Springfield, full-time organizing positions, and everything else that goes into successful campaigns. We are asking that people contribute what they can to the event, with a suggested one-time donation of $100, or $10/month.  You can make a contribution online, while registering to attend, or make your donation the day of the event.

3. Spread the word! RSVP and Share the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1416521645246469/

With your support, we will be able to bring what we learn at MLK Day and share it with the Roosevelt community through educational seminars, trainings, and meetings. I strongly believe that supporting student leaders on this campus is an investment in the success of our university-wide social justice  goals, and I trust we can aid our students to help the campus social justice culture grow.

Thank you for your consideration and support!

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Quesnell, Roosevelt University
Sustainability Studies Major
Student Organizer, RISE
rquesnell@mchsi.com | 815.275.7357

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