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Franklin FORJ & Social Action: Support Dr. King's legacy by donating food, joining a book discussion

Dear Franklin Families and Staff,

In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day this month, Franklin's Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) and the Social Action Committee are offering three ways to get involved and support Dr. King's legacy.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sought to realize racial and economic equity. In his lifetime, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act addressed racial injustice, though many systems remain inequitable to this day.

When Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, he was starting the next phase of his dream--a land in which poverty no longer plagues us--while calling attention to the intersection between racial and economic injustice. The Poor People's Campaign, announced in 1967, called for an economic bill of rights that addressed hunger, housing, unemployment, and more. Though Dr. King's life was cut short, his work and ideals live on.

You can be a part of supporting Dr. King's legacy and vision this month by:

1. Giving to Social Action Committee city-wide food drive (Franklin - Jan 10 -14): See requested items here. Please drop off items at school in the morning just inside the front door any day during the week of Jan 10-14. PLEASE CHECK THAT NOTHING IS EXPIRED.

  • Canned white tuna in water

  • Breakfast Cereal (kid friendly, name brands preferred)

  • Jam or Jelly (plastic bottles preferred)

  • Hearty Soups (meat, beans, veggies)

  • Toothpaste (full size tubes)

  • Body Lotion (12-16 oz.)

2. Attend Newton's 54th Annual MLK Breakfast (Zoom - Jan 17, 9:30am): including speakers, music and reflection

3. Register for Franklin FORJ Book Discussion (Zoom - Jan 27, 7:30 pm): MLK Jr.'s 1967 and final book Where Do We Go From Here: Community or Chaos?

You can do just one or all three. Dr. King's words from his 1967 book Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? still ring true 55 years later: "These are revolutionary times. All over the globe {people] 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."

Thank you for your donations, participation and support!

Jackie Savage-Borne (Franklin Families Organizing for Racial Justice and Social Action Committee)

Ranjani Paradise (Social Action Committee)

Siobhan Crosby (Franklin Families Organizing for Racial Justice)

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