CONGRESSMAN JESÚS “CHUY” GARCÍA’S STATEMENT ON MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
Chicago, IL— Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to fighting for economic and social justice. He sought change through non-violent means and dreamed of an America where everyone would have equal opportunity regardless of the color of their skin.“
Dr. King wrote: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.’ This quote has been present with me since I heard Dr. King deliver it. His words have given me strength to engage in struggles that aren’t won in a single battle but that require that we continuously strive for greater consciousness and courage to achieve. The struggles against racism, discrimination in all its forms and intolerance, are such long-term struggles. A few years ago, residents in my neighborhood in Chicago went on a 19-day hunger strike to force the local school system to build a new high school for Latino and African American children to get a good education. These neighbors were moved to fight for educational equity for all youth, regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual identity or faith.
“That is an example of the lasting inspiration of Dr. King’s teachings and an example of the struggle for justice. There is no better way to honor Dr. King than to continue working every day for our common dream of a country where progress, fairness and opportunity are possible for all Americans.”