Local 965 Marches in 2018 M.L. King Parade


AFSCME 965 members Ted Swedenburg and Mike Pierce represent the local in Fayetteville’s 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom March.

About 400 people braved the cold to commemorate the life of King, the pastor and civil rights leader who was assassinated while leading an AFSCME sanitation workers strike in Memphis in 1968.

The local program was organized by the Northwest Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Council. The march moved along Razorback Road from Martin Luther King Boulevard to the University of Arkansas Union. A vigil with speeches and a performance by the Inspirational Chorale followed in the union. The day ended with the council’s 22nd annual MLK Recommitment Banquet at the Fayetteville Town Center.

Discussion: Concealed Carry at University of Arkansas

A summer panel discussion on a new state law in Arkansas allowed holders of “enhanced” concealed weapon permits to carry weapons on most parts of most college and university campuses was summarized in “Guns-On-Campus Information Session Addresses Safety Concerns” in the campus newspaper Arkansas Traveler. It notes:

About 55 people, including UA professors and officials, attended an information session Aug. 15 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville regarding Act 562, the law that requires Arkansas public colleges to allow people to carry concealed handguns, said Steve Boss, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees member and UA geoscience professor.