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For the second year in a row, Wisconsin's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tribute has included a speaker detailing just how far Gov. Scott Walker is from King's legacy and values. In 2012, it was University of Maryland law professor and civil rights attorney Sherrilyn Ifill, who said, with Walker sitting behind her on the stage, "We know that Dr. King would have been on the side of workers struggling to receive a fair wage and decent working conditions," and "I cannot pretend not to know how Dr. King, who fought against the poll tax and literacy tests, and who marched in Selma would have responded ... to the assault on voting rights throughout the country."

In 2013, Margaret Rogza, widow of the late Father James Groppi, who was being honored posthumously, took the same approach, obliquely hitting Walker on his war on voting and harm to the environment, and saying:

As a person who remembers that Martin Luther King was killed while he was working to organize sanitation workers, I know that anyone who works to curtail union rights is not in the tradition of Martin Luther King.
Like Ifill, Rogza didn't mention Walker by name as she systematically detailed how the policies for which he's most notorious seek to dismantle the causes for which Martin Luther King fought. But everyone listening—including Walker, sitting there behind her—knew what she was talking about.

(Via We Party Patriots)

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Daily Kos.

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