GBPJC to Revisit King’s Speech
The Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center (GBPJC) will hold a public reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, ‘Beyond Vietnam: Time to Break Silence.,’ on Thursday, April 7, at 5 p.m., in front of the Bennington Town Hall. Delivered in 1967, the speech highlighted the link between militarism, racism and poverty in the struggle for peace and justice. King suggested “a true revolution of
values” to bring attention to the futility of never-ending war and the need to redirect resources to meet human needs. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant Street, Bennington. A Potluck Supper, meeting and discussion will
follow the reading at 6:15 p.m.
Governments worldwide spend $1.75 trillion a year on arms, while basic human needs go unmet. The recently-released administration’s FY 2017 budget shows $611 billion in defense spending and $534 billion in non-defense spending, meaning that 53 cents of your discretionary tax dollar could be spent on defense. It is time to rally against these misplaced priorities and to promote spending on life-affirming social programs. The GBPJC meets on the first Thursday of every month at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse on School Street in Bennington. Visit greaterbenningtonpeaceandjusticecenter.org.