Opinion: Labor Day and social justice

By Mya Coursey, Taos
Posted 9/5/19

At the Unitarian Congregation's service on the day before Labor Day, Reverend Gary Kowalski spoke about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s belief that labor rights were civil rights - and civil rights, …

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Opinion: Labor Day and social justice

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At the Unitarian Congregation's service on the day before Labor Day, Reverend Gary Kowalski spoke about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s belief that labor rights were civil rights - and civil rights, human rights. He closed his talk with Dr. King's iconic words from the Montgomery bus boycott: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

Those words were inspired by a statement written a century earlier by Unitarian abolitionist Theodore Parker.

For some of us, this seems a faint echo of the hope with which we first heard the words when we were young and working to create a more just, compassionate world. Now we understand that we will not live long enough, that the Earth itself may not survive to see the arc bend that far. And yet …

Among us are many who devote their time, talents and resources to pursuing justice, equality and compassion in Taos and the larger society. Many here in the shadow of the mountain fight on behalf of the interdependent web of existence of which humans are only a part. They work for nonprofit organizations, volunteer, run for public office, get-out-the-vote.

I write this to say thank you to those whose labor gives life the shape of justice. I write this to urge us all to commit whatever we can to support local, regional and national organizations and candidates that stand for the light of truth, the warmth of community and the fire of commitment in these fearful times.

Mya Coursey

Taos

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