Monday in Boston, on the steps of the GOP headquarters, the folks from 'We Are One' held a little rally promoting their agenda. (Did you forget that April 4th was the kick off of the We Are One 'Solidarity Days of Action?')
So what was it all about?
The National AFL-CIO, several International Unions and others have called for actions around the country. April 4, 1968 was the day in 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis where he had gone to support sanitation workers fighting for a voice at work.
Please join the Greater Boston Labor Council, Boston Teachers Union, Jobs and Justice, Massachusetts AFL-CIO, MTA, 1199SEIU, and SEIU State Council to stand in solidarity with workers in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, New Hampshire and other states fighting corporate politicians seeking to destroy collective bargaining.
The unions were asked to gather on the 43rd anniversary of the murder of Dr. King, a man of peace. So they probably called for peaceful protests and non-violence, right?
Uh, no. Quite the opposite.
Watch this clip from the closing statements at the rally;
'And to the Republican party of Massachusetts, if you think this is gonna happen here, it is going to be over thousands of dead people’s bodies.'
We are obliged to state the obvious. . . If this had been recorded at a Tea Party Rally it would be headline news for days and the focus of endless ridicule from the Left. Congressional hearings would be held to probe the reason that 1000s of dead bodies lay strewn in the wake of the 'violent Tea Party revolt.' But it did not happen at a Tea Party event, this was from All For One, a group with direct ties to the AFL-CIO and their community organizing arm known as Working America.
We are also familiar with the expression, 'Over my dead body.' It generally is used as hyperbole to demonstrate a commitment to a cause, meaning that the person would be willing to fight to the death (if need be).
Did the folks from We Are One mean that they are willing to die by the thousands in order to accomplish their stated goals? There may be some within their ranks who believe that violence is a real possibility, we cannot say for certain. But if even one life is lost to violence from these essentially political disagreements, then Dr. King's legacy deserves an apology.