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On the Anniversary of Dr. King's Assassination, Stand Up For Economic Equality

King worked for both racial and economic equality, and died while in the middle of a fight for public employees' right to collectively bargain.

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On April 4, 1968, 43 years ago today, Civil Rights Movement leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically assassinated while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 39 years old.

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Must See Chart: Tax Breaks for the Rich Versus Budget Cuts

Those social programs we can't afford? They could be complete paid for if we just got rid of tax breaks for the wealthy.

Need a stark breakdown of just why it is that attacks on public employees in Wisconsin and beyond are striking such a nerve? Take a look at this chart from the Center for American Progress comparing tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy to budget cuts to 10 social safety net programs.

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Wisconsin Students Planning School Walkout to Protest End of Collective Bargaining

Students are responding to Scott Walker's plan to end collective bargaining by planning a school walkout—and they want it to go national.


Thanks to a controversial legislative maneuver, Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker's plan to end collective bargaining for his public employees passed the state senate Wednesday night. Now, in a stunning show of solidarity with their teachers—who, as union members, now have no bargaining rights—Wisconsin's high school students are planning a grassroots school walkout, and they want to take their protest national.

Wisconsin Students in Solidarity is asking for the nationwide walkout to happen this Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. local time. Less than 12 hours after being formed, the Facebook event, Nationwide Student Walkout, has almost 2,000 "attendees" from across the country and student-led copycat groups and events are springing up on the social media hub.

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