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Why We March 49 Years After Dr. King Was Assassinated

TIME – Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King called for a “revolution of values” in America, inviting people who had been divided to stand together against the “triplets of evil” — militarism, racism, and economic injustice. Preachers, editorial boards, and fellow civil rights leaders condemned King, saying that his vision was too radical. But thousands of poor people — black, white, brown and Native — embraced his vision and built a Poor People’s Campaign. One year later to the day, Dr. King was assassinated while standing with black sanitation workers in Memphis who were fighting for higher pay and safe working conditions.

The fights for racial and economic equality are just as inseparable today as they were half a century ago. And it is this connection that compels me this April 4 — on the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination — to join the Fight for $15 and the Movement for Black Lives to march in Memphis as part of a national day of action to fight racism and raise pay.

Jeff Sessions Orders Review of Police Reforms

TIME – Baltimore’s mayor and police chief worked closely with Justice Department investigators to scrutinize the city’s police force and embraced a plan they crafted to overhaul the troubled department.

So they were surprised by the Justice Department’s sudden request Monday for more time to see how the proposed changes might conflict with the aggressive crime-fighting approach new Attorney General Jeff Sessions favors.

Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis believed the proposed agreement would repair public trust in the police while also quelling violence. They swiftly voiced their opposition to the requested delay, and pledged to press ahead with the business of transforming the police department, with or without a court-enforceable consent decree.

US Navy Aid Unit Told to Leave Cambodia

Reuters – The departure of the U.S. Navy Mobile Construction Battalion – known as the Seabees – meant the cancellation of 20 planned projects, including at schools and hospitals, the embassy said on its Facebook page on Monday.

“Last week, the Royal Government of Cambodia notified the Embassy of its decision to postpone indefinitely the Seabees program,” the embassy said. “We are sad to see the Seabees go, but proud of their accomplishments over the last nine years.”

Cambodian defense ministry spokesman Chhum Socheat said he was unaware of such a decision.
Cambodia has gone further than other Southeast Asian nations in courting China and the shift away from Washington has continued under U.S. President Donald Trump, despite Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s professed admiration for him.

Grotesque Cartoons Capture the Ugly Side of Politics

CNN – His most memorable images — the bloodthirsty, beaked Margaret Thatcher; the looming evil headmaster in Pink Floyd’s “The Wall;” the war-mongering, Mickey Mouse-eared Tony Blair — have transcended the artist himself and furrowed into the popular subconscious.
“I do have a weird vision of the world,” he tells me at the top-floor studio of his Chelsea townhouse. “Ever since I started I was told, ‘You’re Hieronymus Bosch, your drawings are grotesque.’ But of course, they don’t seem like that to me.”

Scarfe is an artist who has always worked within the establishment that he satirizes, starting out at satirical current affairs magazines Private Eye and the now-defunct Punch in the ’60s, before working for the Sunday Times, the New Yorker, the English National Opera, Disney, and rock giants like Pink Floyd as a caricaturist, cartoonist and concept artist. But his work has remained provocative and political in a way that sits slightly at odds with his image as the debonair grandfather of modern illustration.

Written by Pamela Getz

Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Getz is Editor of International Affairs for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

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