“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Every year, working people come together to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy of service and compassion for MLK Jr. weekend. Many actions and events planned around the state prove 2017 is no different. We’ve rounded up options available statewide. Join us for a weekend of service to honor Dr. King!

Northern California

Oakland: MLK Weekend of Service

In memory of Ghost Ship fire victims. Join working people and Councilmember Noel Gallo to beautify our community and landscape International Blvd in memory of the Ghost Ship fire victims. Jan 14-16, 9am-1pm. Meet at 1001 Fruitvale Ave, park at BART Lots on E. 12. Contact Rosa Advincula at the Alameda Labor Council ( for more information (rosa@alamedalabor.org). Download the flyer here. 

San Francisco: 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Labor & Community Breakfast

Featuring Honoree Dolores Huerta. Monday January 16th, 2017 8am-10am. At the Marriott Marquis Hotel (780 Mission St, San Francisco). Reserve tickets online here. See all of the San Francisco MLK2017 events at sfmlkday.org . Download the flyer here.

Santa Cruz: Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival 30th ReUnion

Join the Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival ReUnion in Santa Cruz January 15th! We are bringing together cultural activists to share Dr. King’s legacy to address the current climate crisis of environmental, racial, sexual and economic injustice. Enjoy the songs, stories, and calls to actions by a collage of performing artists from the Bay area and beyond.  Proceeds will benefit the John Handcox Scholarship Fund, to support bringing people of color to attend the Great Labor Arts Exchange near Washington DC.

Evening concert begins at 630 features 30 Years After: Uniting and Fighting Beyond J 20.
Contact: Jimmy Kelly at laborstudies@att.net or text (408)597-7649

You can watch the concert via livestream at 6:30 pm Pacific here http://ilmlivestream.com/

Southern California

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Breakfast

The LA Fed’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast is planned for Saturday, January 14. This year’s theme is “Freed to Succeed” to honor our first graduating class of the LA Fed’s Pre-Apprenticeship Bootcamp. We are fighting to create opportunities for the formerly incarcerated, because they too deserve a chance at the American Dream. Click here for information on sponsorship opportunities and to confirm attendance.

Los Angeles: We Are Here to Stay – Fearless & United Rally, Art Performance January 14

Rally and musical and art performances on Saturday, January 14, 2017, starting at 11 a.m. at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes next to La Placita, Los Angeles. Join us to stand up for the values of love, compassion and family as we begin a campaign of righteous resistance. We will join hands and stand together to oppose criminalization, mass deportations, and hate crimes. We are #HereToStay and we shall not be moved. More info can be found here

Los Angeles: 32 Annual Kingdom Day Parade on Monday January 16

“Now More Than Ever, We All Must Work Together”. Many working people and their unions participate in this parade annually- join them! Monday, January 16, 2017. More information, including the parade map can be found at http://www.kingdomdayparade.org/