NAN To Join Occupy Wall Street for Global Candlelight Vigil in spirit of MLK—
NEW YORK CITY MARCH & CANDLELIGHT VIGIL TO TAKE PLACE SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 AT 6:30 P.M.
New York, NY (January 14, 2012) National Action Network will join religious leaders, activists, and members of the Occupy movement in a global effort on January 15th, 2012 to honor the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. In New York City at 6:30 p.m. NAN will join hundreds of Occupy Wall Street activists on the steps of St. John’s Cathedral (1047 Amsterdam Avenue)at 7:00 p.m. for a mass candlelight march to nearby Riverside Church (490 Riverside Drive New York, 10027).
The group will join additional marches and members of the community at Riverside Church for a candlelight vigil and celebration renewing King’s message of peace, justice, and equality for all, regardless of race or economic class. The action will culminate in an assembly featuring performances and speak-outs from artists, celebrities, religious leaders, and activists.
“Poverty, an issue to which King showed increased focus in the years just before his death, finds its way into the darkest chapters in American History. Dr. King sought to shine a light of justice against those dark chapters of war, repression and racism, our candles symbolize that light,” says Abigail Keegan of Occupy Wall Street.
“These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression and out of the wombs of a frail world new systems of justice and equality are being born. The shirtless and barefoot people of the land are rising up as never before. ‘The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.'” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City
Riverside Church has been an intersection of faith and social justice in the greater New York metropolitan area for over 170 years. At Riverside in 1967, Dr. King gave his historic “Beyond Vietnam” speech. On King’s birthday and in the spirit of his vision for racial and economic equality, peace, and non-violence, activists will return to Riverside in solidarity with others holding candlelight vigils from California to Cairo; New York to New Orleans; Germany to Nova Scotia, to unite our world in a global movement for systemic change.
For more information about the January 15th action visit http://j15global.org