Time for a new march on Washington, by workers as workers
This series of fast-food workers' strikes should be only the beginning.
We need to remind ourselves over and over again that the March on Washington in August 1963 was called the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom."
Anyone who thinks MLK, Jr. was not a man of the economic left is under a delusion. One of King's mentors, A. Philip Randolph, was a union man and a man who did not shy away for most of his life in calling himself a socialist. And then there is of course, Stanley Levinson...It is not to say these men controlled or unduly influenced King. King had his own views, and they were stepped in the general support of the New Deal, the need to support and develop labor unions and to ensure that government worked to provide economic security to all. That is how King became friendly and supportive of Randolph and that is why King refused to push Levinson aside when the Kennedys and others in the US government told him it might be a good idea to have a different adviser than Levinson.
ADDENDUM 8/31/13: I was thinking about this a few minutes more after posting above and would like to say the following:
I am convinced that such a march on Washington would re-ignite and restore the narrative of economic solidarity, put into the forefront of our minds the issues of labor and capital and demand our government to play an active and affirmative role in promoting economic security for all and restore the industrial sector of our nation. "Build what we buy, buy what we build" should be the first motto. "Share the profits, grow our economy" would be the second motto right next to the first.
Those two statements alone begin to change the narrative of corporate media punditry. They demand a response, and help us understand why we as workers have got to jettison the cultural arguments that divide us and divert us from our need for solidarity as workers.
FURTHER ADDENDUM 8/31/13: Harold Meyerson, no surprise to me, sees a lot of what I am saying here.