February 13, 2012

I read the Nation magazine, a wake-up call to the false slogans and ignorant exceptionalism of the U.S.A. In a recent issue, I learned that fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. warned us against false slogans.

What are false slogans? Things like “tax relief” and “pro-life.” As if taxes are always bad so we need tax relief. As if abortions and birth control mean that one is anti life.

Dr. King warned against the false slogan “right to work.” He warned us that the purpose of “right to work” is to “destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone.”

Thank you, Dr. King. I regret that we are not paying adequate attention to you…yet again.

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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