Saturday's monster rally in Los Angeles is only one of a series of actions that will take place on or around April 4, 2011. The day marks the 43rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's death during the Memphis sanitation workers' strike.
Teamsters will celebrate the day by pledging to reach out, educate and advocate for workers' rights. (More later on this.) Around the country, unions and their allies will march, rally, lay wreaths and eat barbecue. Major rallies are planned for Memphis, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Olympia, Wash., Chicago and Seattle. Among the events:
- The Unitarian-Uuniversalist Congregation of Somerset Hills, N.J., will be hosting a Defend the Dream teach-in.
- The Labor Action Center in Portland, Me., will show the film "At the River I Stand" about the sanitation workers' strike.
- Community Allies will rally at the Kennedy King Park in Indianapolis, where Robert Kennedy spoke the night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's assassination.
- Unions will hold a 15-minute moment of silence in Raleigh, N.C., at Bicentennial Mall.
- The San Diego Labor Council will hold a candlelight vigil.