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Legislation #: 180076 Introduction Date: 2/1/2018
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS REED, BARNES JR., MCMANUS, LUCAS, JAMES, JR., CANADY, WAGNER, TAYLOR, JUSTUS, SHIELDS, HALL AND FOWLER
Title: Recognizing February 1, 2018, as the 50th anniversary of the loss of lives which sparked the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike.

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1/31/2018 Filed by the Clerk's office
2/1/2018 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 180076

 

Recognizing February 1, 2018, as the 50th anniversary of the loss of lives which sparked the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike.

 

WHEREAS, on February 1, 1968, two city sanitation workers (Echol Cole and Robert Walker) in Memphis, Tennessee, were crushed to death in a malfunctioning garbage truck; and

 

WHEREAS, their deaths sparked the walkout of 1,300 fellow sanitation workers; and

 

WHEREAS, two months later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was in Memphis to support the striking workers when he was gunned down by an assassin’s bullet; and

 

WHEREAS, Americans nationwide celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King in many ways—but far too few remember that he was campaigning for economic justice when he lost his life; and

 

WHEREAS, there is today a national effort to honor the sacrifices of Echol Cole, Robert Walker, Dr. King, and all others who are in need of (or work for) workplace safety, fair employment practices, the right of public workers to bargain collectively, and economic opportunity and justice in our communities; NOW THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and council hereby recognize February 1, 2018, as the 50th anniversary of the loss of lives which sparked the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Dr. Vernon Percy Howard, Jr., President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference-GKC, with the Mayor and Council calling on our community to participate in a national Minute of Reflection at 4:20 p.m. on that date, to remember that event and its significance and urging other leaders and members of our community to take this opportunity to recommit themselves to working for workplace safety, fair employment practices including the right to bargain collectively, and economic justice and opportunity for all.

 

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