Guest Post from Emma Tai: Honoring Dr. King

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week, I had a conversation with a UWF member named Anna Green. Anna is a member of SEIU Healthcare and an early childhood educator at a child care center on the north side of Chicago. She has been working as an early childhood educator for over twenty years, but still makes just $12 an hour.

Anna told me that she planned to volunteer for Jeanette Taylor in the 20th ward. Jeanette went on a 34-day hunger strike to save her neighborhood high school, and now Anna is using her hard-earned vacation days to volunteer for a candidate who knows and understands our struggle.

Dr. King taught us that every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice. Jeanette and Anna are inspiring examples of that tireless exertion and passionate concern. Can you join us? Read more about our thirteen Movement Leaders running for Chicago City Council, and then sign up to knock doors, make phone calls, or raise money for them.

Thanks for everything you do. Look forward to seeing you in the streets soon.