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Jan 18

ATU: On MLK Day, the fight for justice takes on new meaning

Silver Spring, MD – Amalgamated Transit Union International President John Costa released the following statement to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy, the day takes on new meaning in the world we're living in today. This week, as we inaugurate President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, we make history with the first Black and South Asian American taking our Nation's second-highest office.

"Just weeks ago, Black voters in Georgia – many of them ATU members – turned out in force to send Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the Reverend from the same Baptist church where Dr. King grew up and preached, to the United States Senate. This groundswell helped elect the state's first Black and Jewish Senators and flipped the Legislature to a pro-working-class majority.

"The very next day, we witnessed the desecration of one of our most sacred democratic spaces, the United States Capitol. This horrific act of violence is the antithesis of Dr. King's gospel, but democracy won, and the election of Joe Biden was confirmed by Congress.

“And, only months ago, the world watched the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police. But guided by Dr. King’s principles, people from all walks of life stood together bringing new life to the call for an end to systemic racism.  

"Dr. King's legacy reflects both the challenges we face and the victories we achieve. His impact on our modern world is undeniable. In two days, as a new President takes office, we must carry on King's legacy by continuing the fight for equality so that the arc of the moral universe, once again, will bend towards justice."