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'Occupy the Dream' Says Occupy the Federal Reserve

Coalition calls for new campaign for economic justice inspired by MLK

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The 'Occupy the Dream' coalition has called for a national day of action today, with more than 16 groups planning on occupying their closest Federal Reserve Bank.

From the Occupy the Dream website:

Members of the African-American faith community have joined forces with Occupy Wall Street to launch a new campaign for economic justice inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Faithful to its philosophical origin, the "Occupy the Dream" coalition has called for a National Day of Action on Martin Luther King Day – Monday, January 16, 2012 – to focus attention on the gross injustice visited upon the 99% by the financial elite.

The Associated Press reports:

...The Atlanta-based Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which King founded, is one of the support groups. Damien Conners is with the SCLC.

"Dr. King's last campaign was the poor peoples' campaign," said Conners. "The Occupy movement is primarily about people who have been left out of the political processes as well as economic gains the country has made."

As The Sacramento Bee notes, King's message is echoed in the message of the "99%":

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s call to action – spoken four days before he was assassinated on April 4, 1968 – resonates powerfully in the hearts and minds of many in the 99 percent.  [...]

Share photos on twitter with Twitpic "King would say, 'Please finish what I started.' That's what we're doing," said Sean Laney, head of Occupy Sacramento's education committee.

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