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Martin Luther King Jr. is jostled in Memphis as the march he's leading on March 28, 1968 turns violent. Photo courtesy University of Memphis Libraries.

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From: Nan W., Portland, OR

Due to disabilities, and through no fault of my own, I've been unemployable for the last four and a half years. I have had no income for that long. I've been fighting and struggling for help from Social Security for over three years, which is now the norm. To make it completely hellish, the state of Oregon does not help those in my situation, except with food stamps, which aren't enough to eat on for a month. So, I have to steal toilet paper, as I have no family support, significant other, or (anymore) friends able to help. I live in monthly terror of my phone being turned off (the state assistance plan gets it down to ten bucks a month), as well as my water and sewer bill getting me evicted for non-payment (my apartment lease requires that I am up to date on payments). It's a miracle I'm not homeless. If I didn't have faith, I don't think, at age 55, that I'd have made it this far! As for ideas? How, in a system so thoroughly corrupted by corporate money and agendas? You tell me. I know e-mailing legislators is a total waste of time. Their response? What I call "willful ignorance."


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Martin Luther King Jr. is jostled in Memphis as the march he's leading on March 28, 1968 turns violent. Photo courtesy University of Memphis Libraries.

Featured Documentary: King's Last March

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. More than four decades later, King remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America. But that’s not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

Recent Posts

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  • 01.28.16

    Learning Financial Literacy

    Most teenagers are not learning about personal finance in school, according to an annual survey on financial literacy. Our guest this week says that needs to change.
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