Sunday, April 25, 2021

Green Party of NJ Issues Anti-War Statement on Occasion of the 54th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Speech: “Beyond Vietnam: Why I Oppose the Vietnam War”

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Green Party of New Jersey Marks the 54th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Silence is Betrayal: Why I Oppose the Vietnam War”

Speech with a Statement against U.S. Militarism and Imperialism
 
As we approach April 4th, the 54th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Silence is Betrayal: Why I Oppose the Vietnam War” speech and the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, we want to echo many of the sentiments King wrote about in this speech.  While Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. referred here to Vietnam, here in 2021, we could substitute any one of a number of country’s names.
 
“Surely this madness must cease,” he said. “We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor in America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and dealt death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation: The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours.”
 
The Green Party has been the only consistently anti-war party in the U.S. Neither of the mainstream political parties can say that.
 
One of the four pillars of the Green Party is Peace and one of the key values of the Green Party is non-violence...
 
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