By Judith Le Blanc, Peace Action Field Director
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of “The Dream” at the March on Washington in 1963. He said, ” I have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream.”
The American Dream has been defined for generations as the right to a decent life, job and home. The great poet Langston Hughes asked and described.”What happens to a dream deferred?” which it has for way too many, too long. Sign the Contract to Rebuild the Dream.
No matter how you define it, a dream will never become reality unless we fight for it.
So many inequalities in our society. The gap between the rich and the poor is graphically explained in the PBS documentary Land of the Free Home of the Poor. Yet the Pentagon gets 58% of yearly discretionary spending while housing and healthcare get 5%, education gets 4% and transpiration 2%. Now that’s an inequality not often challenged.
You can challenge those spending priorities by signing onto the Contract to Rebuild the Dream.
In July, over 25,000 people got together in living rooms and backyards to discuss what it will take to make the dream of a better life possible in these dire times. That’s how the Contract was created, people identified 10 ways to deal with our economic nightmare out of 40 suggestions in over 1,500 gatherings.
Peace Action is working with our allies in labor and the economic and racial justice movements to organize grassroots coalition events in communities and bird-dogging of Congress people across the country. Join us to fight for The Dream!
Sign the Contract, “Cause only dreams come to sleepers.” as the rapper Chamillionaire says.