News

King Would Say There’s Unfinished Business

King Would Say There’s Unfinished Business

The Poor People’s Campaign, founded by the Rev. Martin Luther King in 1967, was resurrected in Chicago in 2003.

The president is Jerry Robinson, who says he’s pulling any lever he can grasp to get politicians and business people to understand how people become poor and what it’ll take to get out of poverty. He says the minimum wage should be increased.

“They wanna raise it to what, $10.10 across the nation? That’s still not enough. It is a start, but it’s still not enough,” he said.

King was waging his Poor People’s Campaign on behalf of garbage collectors in Memphis when he was murdered in 1968. Had King and his original Poor People’s Campaign survived to this day? “If he was here now, he would look and say we still have more work to do. That’s what I believe,” Robinson said.

Robinson notes that while poverty disproportionately affects African-Americans, there are poor people of all races.

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

Three Charged With Embezzling County Funds

gavel2

Three former Wiliamson County employees charged with embezzling more than $80,000

in Election 2014, Local

A New Executive Director: Illinois State Board of Elections

voting booth

The upcoming Executive Director of the Illinois State Board of Elections states his views on Illinois elections.

in Local

University Receives Grant To Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus

dickdurbin1

Senator Dick Durbin announces a grant to Nortwestern University to prevent sexual assaults on campus.

in Local

Member of Jesse White Tumblers Shot

Murdered Chicago teen a member of Jesse White Tumblers.

in Local

Durbin Weighs In on Senate Proposal to Revoke NFL Non-Profit Status

dickdurbin1

Dick Durbin says he's still deciding on the U.S. Senate proposal that would revoke the NFL's non-profit designation.