[pjw] EVENT: Tues 4/4, 4 PM-50th Anniversary Reading of Martin Luther King Jr's "Beyond Vietnam" Speech

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Thu Mar 30 15:31:17 EDT 2017

Please share information widely about this event, coming up on Tuesday of 
next week-- this came together relatively quickly, sorry for the short 
dan h
peace and justice works iraq affinity group

50th Anniversary Reading of Martin Luther King Jr's "Beyond Vietnam" 
Speech Tuesday, April 4th 2017 - Free Public Event 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM 
Portland Art Museum - Miller Gallery SW Park and Main

April 4th 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's 

Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 and allies invite you to join us in a 
reading of MLK's Beyond Vietnam Speech in honor of its 50th Anniversary. 
Following the speech, we will discuss how militarism, racism, materialism 
and other issues addressed in his speech are still relevant today. The 
reading will take place at the Miller Gallery-- first floor of the Mark 
Building (old Masonic temple) at the Portland Art Museum, SW Park St. at 
Main. This is part of a national effort by Veterans for Peace and other 

In confronting the deeply rooted racism, militarism and materialism of the 
United States, Dr. King described the United States as the greatest 
purveyor of violence in the world.

Delivered to an overflow crowd at the Riverside Church in New York City on 
April 4, 1967, Dr. King's challenge to engage in a radical revolution of 
values encountered ferocious opposition. Fifty years later, however, it is 
clear that his analysis and his call to action is as relevant now as it 
was then.

Today the United States has a multi-trillion dollar permanent war economy, 
the costliest deployment of weapons and military personnel in the world 
and at home a vast system of mass incarceration, a hideous homicide rate 
and endemic violence against women and LGBTQ people.

Today as a result of our society's virulent racism, people of color are 
subjected to unrelenting state violence through police brutality, police 
murder and massive incarceration rates, while suffering gross disparities 
in income, education, employment, military service, housing and health 

Today materialism dominates our culture and our economy to the peril of 
all life on earth. It pollutes our values, our souls and the natural 

Today we know that the struggle against sexism and patriarchy is 
intrinsically linked to overcoming racism, militarism, materialism and 
environmental catastrophe.

Please share with friends 

For more information contact Veterans for Peace board member Dan Shea 
<djshea at hotmail.com>.

SPONSORS Veterans For Peace Peace & Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group 
Portland Art Museum Iraq Veterans Against the War

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