MoveOn.orgchoseMartinLuther KingDaytoannounceafundraising drive for an anti-war “March on Washington” later this month.
“Today, as we honor Martin Luther King Jr., I have been thinking about his words: ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,’ “ Eli Pariser, the 26-year-old executive director of MoveOn.org’s political action committee, wrote in an e-mail to the liberal group’s supporters on Jan. 15. “On January 27th, United for Peace and Justice are planning a March on Washington to end the war. [. . .]
“To make it plain that most Americans are united in our opposition to more war, we want to have people from all 50 states and every congressional district marching. So, if you yourself can’t make it, can you donate $25 to help pay travel expenses for a MoveOn member who otherwise would not be able to make it? [. . .]
“Big marches and rallies in Washington D.C. have helped to secure many of our country’s most important gains. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington in 1963 was a turning point in the fight for equality and civil rights. The power of Americans standing together for justice cannot be underestimated. This march on Washington can be a similar turning point for the war.
“Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and thanks for all you do.”