I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy New Year. On this day, which we dedicate to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, let us take a moment to look back to appreciate his message and his legacy. Dr. King stood for social justice, and he taught national leaders to get off the sidelines and fight to end the scourge of racism and bigotry that gripped our nation. He championed the rights of working people and connected their struggles for economic advancement to the civil rights movement. "What good is having the right to sit at a lunch counter if you can't afford to buy a hamburger?" he asked. The recent election shined a light on an ugly truth in America: racism, bigotry and misogyny are still alive and motivating those who seek to block social progress and upward mobility. On the weekend that we celebrate Dr. King, our President-elect attacked one of our nations Civil Rights leaders, John Lewis. The rhetoric of the incoming President is degrading an already divided nation. The lesson we take from Dr. King is to bring forth the leadership that resides within all of us. We stand with leaders like John Lewis in continuing Dr. King's legacy to fight for the disenfranchised. Fight for your union, fight for jobs, fight for health care and work each and every day to achieve respect for everyone, regardless of their race, national origin or sexual orientation. Dr. King supported union organizing and stood with striking sanitation workers on the day he was murdered. What can you do to support our labor movement? Let's start on January 19th. Set aside an hour or two of your time to attend the Public Education Rally in Bay Shore. Look at the flier below for directions and take the first step this year to fight for a stronger community. That is how we can continue to uphold the legacy of Dr. King.