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Justice for All

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 22nd, 2013

Marchers cross Highway 101 during the 11th annual MLK Jr. march in Florence honoring the civil rights leader’s birthday. Social activist, author and humanitarian Peg Morton discussed equity at Saturday’s King memorial event.

Their causes were many, as demonstrated by the collection of signs marchers held Saturday afternoon along Highways 101 and 126 as part of the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, the 11th year of such events in Florence honoring King’s non-violent movement, which led to the passage of civil rights legislation.

After the show of solidarity, marchers moved to the Siuslaw Public Library. Event organizer Jenny Velinty said the group would explore the changes in economics, ethics and equity in the 150 years since the Civil War.

Speakers included Velinty, who spoke about economics; Lucinda Hughes of the local chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians, on equity; and social activist and author Peg Morton discussed ethics.

Morton is well known for her stance against the U.S. government’s involvement in other countries, particularly the practices of the School of the Americas (now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), which dissenters accuse of teaching torture, among other practices.

In an interview earlier in the day, Morton discussed how actions here affect families throughout the world.

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