Friday, September 22, 2006

Martin Luther King III

We were joined in council chambers by Martin Luther King III. In January of this year, King co-founded “Realizing The Dream”, a non-profit dedicated to continuing his father's unfinished work: the fight against poverty and economic injustice in america.

He is currently on a looking, listening and learning tour to communities in the United States that are struggling with poverty, preparing for a summit from affected communities next month in Washington D.C. I was glad to have a chance to talk to him about Los Angeles, where the 300 richest individuals own the combined wealth of the 3 million poorest. That's as clear a picture of the gap between rich and poor in our country as you'll see. A society with that kind of gap is, at some level, undemocratic; a city with that kind of division is divided against itself.