FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 10, 2023
Media Contact: Melissa Garriga | [email protected]
CODEPINK and Friends Honor MLK Jr’s Anti-Militarism Legacy With a Week of Events
“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
CODEPINK honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and remembers his anti-militarism vision in a series of events starting January 12 in Washington D.C. and ending on January 16th in Los Angeles.
One year before he was murdered, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a historic sermon at New York’s Riverside Church on the profound connection between US militarism abroad with violence, racial repression, and widespread deprivation on the home front.
To carry on his prophetic call, CODEPINK, along with various other organizations, has the following events planned:
Jan 12: CODEPINK, DC Poor People’s Campaign, Claudia Jones School and Fellowship of Reconciliation holds an interfaith peace vigil and call to end MLK’s three evils and remember those lost by them: racism, poverty, and war. They will hold the event at MLK Memorial from 4-5:30pm ET.
Jan. 13: CODEPINK San Francisco/Bay Area and partners call on major media outlets to demand a ceasefire, negotiations, and an end to the threat of nuclear war. They will hold the protest outside the San Francisco Chronicle Building on (Mission St. & 5th) from 12-1pm PT.
Jan. 14: CODEPINK joins ANSWER NYC for an antiwar and peace march/rally to raise up the words of MLK on war. This rally will start at noon in Times Square and will be followed by a march.
Jan. 15: CODEPINK, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Highlander Center, The National Council of Elders and the King and Breaking Silence Coalition, and other partner organizations host “Reimagining King’s Vision - The Fierce Urgency of Now” webinar from 4-5:30pm ET. You can register to attend the event at codepink.org/01152023.
Jan. 16: CODEPINK joins the 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk & Parade in Washington D.C. starting at the corner of MLK Jr Ave & Howard Rd. SE at 9:30am ET.
Also on the 16th, the Los Angeles CODEPINK team will hold a MLK Day Peace Walk starting at 11am in front of the Krispy Kreme Donuts on Crenshaw Blvd.
With the recent passage of the largest U.S. military defense budget of $858 billion and amidst a deadly war in Europe, continuously escalated by the United States, King’s message of pursuing “peaceful ends through peaceful means” is more necessary now than ever before.
For more information about each event, visit codepink.org/events.