Nina Turner in her Our Revolution office in Washington, D.C., on April 10, 2018 Photo: Terrell Jermaine Starr (The Root)

The Progressive Revolution Is Being Led by a Black Woman

Nina Turner in her Our Revolution office in Washington, D.C., on April 10, 2018 Photo: Terrell Jermaine Starr (The Root)

If Nina Turner is tired and stressed out when I catch up with her in April, in her cluttered, Washington, D.C., office at Our Revolution, she doesn’t show it. She rarely works less than 12 hours a day, and her hectic schedule essentially keeps her on a plane; she has just flown into D.C. after a canvassing event the day before and is headed out of town to another one the following day.

Highlights from THE REAL NEWS NETWORK's event honoring MLK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, featuring his 1967 speech, "Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam," and a discussion with actor Danny Glover, Our Revolution President Nina Turner, and Executive Producer Eddie Conway

JAISAL NOOR: To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, the Real News Network presented King's speech, "Why I'm Opposed to the War in Vietnam.".

REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR: I'm using as a subject from which to preach why I am opposed to the war in Vietnam. Now, let me make it clear in the beginning that I see this war as an unjust, evil, and futile war. Rationalizations and the incessant search for scapegoats are the psychological cataracts that blind us to our sins. There comes a time when silence is betrayal. An almost facile connection between the war in Vietnam and the struggle I and others have been waging in America. A few years ago there was a shining moment in that struggle. It seemed as if there was a real promise of hope for the poor, both black and white, through the poverty program. There were experiments, hopes, and new beginnings. Then came the buildup in Vietnam. And I watched the program broken as if it were some idle political plaything of a society gone mad on war. And I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube.

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner reflects on the critical income inequality work he supported and our urgent need to finish it. 

Nina Turner  APR 4, 2018 10:00AM EDT

A Black man wearing a black sweatshirt and red cap over dredlocks and playing a trumpet passes a colorful mural of the Memphis sanitation worker's "I Am a Man" strike

On April 2, 2018, in Memphis, Tennessee, Poetic Sun and Suavo Jones (L-R) walk past a mural inspired by the 'I Am a Man' sanitation workers strike that took place before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered. The city will commemorate the 50th anniversary of his assassination on April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel with marches, speeches and tolling bells. 
Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

I recently travelled to Memphis to headline an event at the National Civil Rights Museum in the Lorraine Motel, the place the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

While in the hotel, I pictured the trajectory of the assassin’s bullet. With deadly and unstoppable force, the single bullet hit Dr. King’s cheek, shattered his jaw, hit his spine and landed in his shoulder. It was hard to shake the experience of being in the place where he was murdered. It was even harder to reconcile that Dr. King was killed while attempting to stir up the conscience of a nation and bring relief for striking sanitation workers.

Nina Turner, president of Our Revolution, speaks at TSU

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Nina Turner, president of the newly formed Our Revolution spoke to a crowd at TSU about getting out the vote on February 24. Tennessee ranks 40th in the nation in voter registration and last in voter turnout.

 

Encouraging listeners to “move, protest, and plan,” Turner said: “You need to think.”

Nina Turner

President, Our Revolution

 

Nina Turner is a lifelong Democrat. But she believes the party needs to take a good, hard look in the mirror before it can secure its future.

Turner — a passionate supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and the president of Our Revolution, the political organization initially founded by the senator to push his agenda — said the Democratic Party needs to own up to its mistakes to win back voters to the party.

On Thursday, political organization Our Revolution announced the addition of a progressive powerhouse, Nina Turner, as its president.

The organization announced their new addition through a press release issued online.

“The Our Revolution Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of a new president.  Our Revolution is dedicated to the mission and founding principles of the political revolution started by Senator Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. Nina Turner, the former Ohio State Senator and Our Revolution Board Member, is set to take the helm and lead the organization to the next phase of success and growth.”

Turner is set to replace previous President Jeff Weaver, who previously served as Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager. Some were critical of Weaver’s involvement in the organization, considering some of the mishandling and missteps he engaged in during the 2016 campaign.

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