Lincoln, NE, Janurary 21 – Activists from the Midwest United Front Against Austerity (UFAA) chapter in Lincoln marched with admirers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in recognition of the civil rights leader, sharing information and good humor on the holiday named after the American hero.
Over one hundred children, young adults, parents, teachers, and members of the community marched in bitter cold in recognition of the life and achievements of the civil rights leader.
The 18th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Rally and March was a celebration of King’s legacy developed and performed for the most part by students in Lincoln’s public schools. Youth oriented acts from the community also performed.
UFAA goals are consistent with the message of Rev. King, championing hard-won victories of the New Deal, as well as education, urban and rural issues, civil rights, and economic development.
Along the march to the historic Capitol building, demonstrators chatted cheerfully and chanted slogans. UFAA activists passed out flyers addressing ways to fight the depression and stop austerity measures favored by members of congress and the President. The leafleting continued inside the government halls. Over 100 people received the printed information.
In an impromptu action, local channel 10/11-Koln-TV’s live coverage from the State Capitol was continuously “photobombed” with placards reading “Tax Wall Street,” “Demand a 1% Wall Street Sales Tax,” and Take Back The Fed.” Supporters watching television reported the success of the popular ideas being carried directly into their homes.