Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has declared Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day (Monday, Jan. 21st), as a holiday in American Samoa. All government offices are closed and ASG employees who are required to work will be paid required wages in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Besides ASG, several businesses are also closed including the three local commercial banks; however, other companies including StarKist Samoa are operating on Monday. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day — which is observed on the third Monday of January — is also a federal holiday, which means all federal government agencies — not currently affected by the partial federal shutdown — will be closed, including the US Post Office in Fagatogo. In observance of the holiday, Samoa News will not publish on Monday but will return on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd. SHUTDOWN AND DISUNITY THEMES OF MLK CELEBRATION IN ATLANTA ATLANTA (AP) — A commemorative service for Rev. Martin Luther … [Read more...] about Government holiday today, Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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Matt Alderton Special to USA TODAY Published 8:00 AM EST Feb 3, 2018 There’s much more to Martin Luther King Jr. than his dream and the famous speech he gave about it on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. Celebrate his life by learning something new about one of America’s most influential figures. Explore the man behind the myth with these places, films, books and songs. Attend a performance of The Mountaintop Written by playwright Katori Hall, The Mountaintop is a fictional account of King’s final night. Set at Memphis’ Lorraine Motel on the eve of King’s assassination, it depicts an imaginary interaction between King and a hotel maid, whose rapport with the reverend reveals his human vulnerabilities. The play is currently touring the country through April 23 courtesy of L.A. Theatre Works. See the movie Selma. A seminal event in both King’s life and the civil rights movement, the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., protested … [Read more...] about 10 essential ways to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.
David Oliver USA TODAY Published 9:45 AM EST Jan 18, 2019 The government shutdown may have closed Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta, but it will open again Saturday morning − just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday – thanks to a push from Delta. The re-opening can be credited to a grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation, which is being used along with recreation fees revenue from the National Park Service to keep the park open through Feb. 3. "It is not possible to overstate our appreciation to The Delta Air Lines Foundation for ensuring the Martin Luther King, Jr. sites are accessible to the American people as we honor Dr. King on the 90th anniversary of his birth," Acting Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt said in a statement. "This is yet another example of private organizations stepping up to ensure that our visitors from across the nation and around the world are able to have a meaningful … [Read more...] about Martin Luther King Jr. park to open during shutdown, thanks to Delta
David Waters USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Published 6:32 PM EST Dec 17, 2018 "Memphis will pay a higher price than any other city in the nation for the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'' – The Rev. James Lawson, April 1968 MEMPHIS – No city in America was more wounded than Memphis in the crucible of 1968 and its racial, political and cultural upheaval. Every city suffered from the escalating war in Vietnam, the assassinations of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the violence around the Democratic National Convention, the protests, riots and social rebellions. But Memphis wasn't merely the scene of King's assassination. In many ways, it saw itself as the tragic cause. "Martin didn't come here just to support the sanitation strike. He came here to challenge the system – the overt and institutional racism, the economic inequity and exploitation, the political and even religious division … [Read more...] about Hopes, scars of ’68 still show in Memphis
14 December 2019 DemocracyActivismSocial Change It appears that the demand for citizens’ assemblies is crossing cultural barriers and being promoted as the preferred democratic tool of a new generation of activists, Brett Hennig writes. Is this the beginning of another winter of discontent? The Extinction Rebellion that hit London in the weeks around 17 November might be the spark that lights the tinder box of our democratic malaise. Thousands of people blockaded bridges, disrupted traffic, and engaged in non-violent acts of civil disobedience to demand the UK government truthfully address climate change, and convene a national citizens’ assembly to create ‘a democracy fit for purpose’. Meanwhile, across the channel, the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ (Yellow Vests) protestors have grabbed enough attention – perhaps by causing enough havoc – to get an invitation to meet the French Prime Minister. Their demands? Initially that the government … [Read more...] about Kick ‘em all out! Citizens’ Assemblies and the next democratic revolution