Anti-war gathering in MLK Jr.’s honor
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is often remembered as a civil rights leader, but this year, a group of anti-war activists are remembering his part in the peace movement.
King was heavily involved in ending hostilities in Vietnam during his lifetime. Monday, dozens gathered at Austin City Hall for a peaceful, music filled event to celebrate King's life and to share their hopes for President Obama's second term in office.
Pro-Peace Austin organized the event, and members of the group say there are issues that need to be focused on here at home and more wars oversees aren’t necessary.
"The wars need to end. Children are dying, soldiers are losing their lives. They're coming back home, they're depressed," participant Sasha Aghili said. "They're not getting the help that they need and they're committing suicide. So it's time for all of that to end. It's time for everyone to come together for love because that's the only thing that's going to work. The wars are not working.”
Members of Pro Peace Austin say they plan on holding similar events every inauguration day. Click here for more information on the organization.