|Dear friend of Puente, |
Tomorrow, January 17, 2011, marks the 12th Annual San Mateo County celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Puente has been named the 2011 Honorary Group for the parade
. We hope that you'll join a contingent of more than 30 of us who plan to meet at the San Mateo Downtown CalTrain Station at 830 AM and take the Freedom Train into San Francisco in honor of Dr. King and his legacy.
The Puente team is humbled by this recognition. On our best days, we too, make Puente a home where every one has a place at the table. We invite you to join us at that table.
For me, this honor for Puente has tremendous personal significance. I first met Coretta Scott King in 1997. Our paths crossed numerous times over the next few years until her death on January 30, 2006. For me, and countless other organizers, she was a patient listener, an enthusiastic cheerleader, and tireless advocate and teacher of nonviolent social change.
As Mrs. King said, "Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won - you earn it and win it in every generation." At Puente, we're proud to stand with those that work for justice.
PS. For more about the San Mateo County recognition of Dr. King's birthday, click here.