…Attacks On Unions, Education And Pensions Require Mass Mobilizations Against Capitalist Restructuring
Reprinted from Modern Ghana, January 20, 2014
By Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan African Newswire
January 15, 2014 represented the 85th birthday of the martyred civil rights, social justice and peace activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year a federally-recognized holiday is commemorated where office buildings, schools and mail delivery is shut down on the third Monday of January.
MLK Day this year takes on an added significance in light of the renewed attacks on municipalities throughout the United States. Workers and students within public educational institutions are facing massive lay-offs and school closings, while local governmental employees are threatened with job elimination and the theft of pensions and healthcare programs.
The city which has gained the most national and international attention in this regard is Detroit where the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history was imposed on the majority African American population during the summer of 2013. Nonetheless, additional cities such as Stockton, San Bernardino and Vallejo, California; Jefferson County, Alabama; Providence Rhode Island, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and others are either in bankruptcy or facing extreme austerity measures.