Beyond the Moment: Uniting Movements from April 4th to May Day

On April 4th, The Majority—a coalition of more than 50 organizations committed to the multi-racial, cross-movement fight for justice, freedom and the right to live fully, with dignity and respect—will launch Beyond the Moment: Uniting Movements from April 4th to May Day (BTM).

Download BTM’s introductory resource below. This introductory resource gives you language and tools for initiating conversations on-and-offline about The Majority and Beyond the Moment, with the caveat that an in-depth toolkit including messaging, graphics and social media posts will be available soon.

Website: beyondthemoment.org

Twitter and Instagram: @btmmayday

Facebook : www.facebook.com/BeyondtheMomentMayDay/

It Takes Roots is joining The Majority and the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) in this call to action from April 4th to May Day and beyond.  April 4th is the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech. In that speech at Riverside Church in New York City, he referred to the “giant triplets” of racism, materialism/capitalism and militarism. This marks an important milestone in movement history and the radicalism of Dr. King.  Exactly one year after this speech, Dr. King was assassinated while organizing alongside Black sanitation workers in Memphis on the eve of launching the Poor People’s Campaign which would declare poverty a human rights violation.

We are asking our members across the country to organize mass political education events, based on a study of Dr. King’s speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence. We are joining in this mass political education surfacing an intersectional lens from Dr. King’s framing and how that is relevant to our movement for Indigenous Sovereignty, Self Determination for Black and Brown communities, visions for expanded sanctuary, Just Transition, grassroots feminism, LGBTQIA rights and economic justice for workers, the unemployed and the poor.

Following the April 4th day of political education, we are leading an arc of action that includes national mobilizing for the March for Climate, Jobs and Justice with the People’s Climate Movement on April 29th, and translocal May Day Actions on May 1st.  After May, we are supporting our members in building out local Resistance Hubs across the country.

Download Dr. King’s Beyond Vietnam Speech in English or Spanish and ITR’s discussion questions below: