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Massive March on Washington 10/2/10 for the Change We Were Promised

Posted by randyshannon on August 9, 2010

Renew the Dream on 10/2/10

One Nation Formed to Bring Back the American Dream

from AFL-CIO Blog

http://blog.aflcio.org/2010/08/05/one-nation-formed-to-bring-back-the-american-dream/

Posted By James Parks On August 5, 2010

Working people are frustrated and angered [1] by the inability of lawmakers to stop the massive loss of jobs and decline in living standards, while Republicans—and some Democrats—freely hand over the economy to corporations that are growing richer and more powerful each day.

To help renew the American Dream for everyone, some 170 progressive groups, including the AFL-CIO, NAACP [2], National Council of La Raza [3] and many affiliated unions, have come together in One Nation [4].

One Nation is a multi-racial, civil and human rights movement whose mission is to reorder our nation’s priorities to invest in our nation’s most valuable resource—our people. One Nation is holding an Oct. 2 rally at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with tens of thousands of activists taking part. They will then return to their neighborhoods, congregations, schools and, especially, voting booths, fired up with new energy to take back the country.

On the same day, the union movement will walk door-to-door in targeted states around the country, mobilizing union members exactly one month before the fall elections.

During its Aug. 4-5 meeting in Washington, D.C., the AFL-CIO Executive Council issued a statement [5] supporting One Nation and saying we must fight the fear mongering and scapegoating that is dividing our country.

We have to fight this hateful demagoguery that only benefits our foes, and we can’t do it alone. History has taught us that the best way to fight the forces of hatred is to address the economic policies that led to our economic suffering, and that our fight must draw its strength from an alliance of the poor and the middle class—everyone who works for a living.

Speaking at Harvard University this past April, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka [1] warned that massive unemployment and growing inequality threaten our democracy. Saying “the stakes couldn’t be any higher,” Trumka told the mostly student audience:

If you care about defending our country against the apostles of hate, you need to be part of the fight to rebuild a sustainable, high wage economy built on good jobs—the kind of economy that can only exist when working men and women have a real voice on the job

The organizations that form One Nation support the union movement’s agenda of an economy that works for all; good jobs, fair jobs, safe jobs, and more jobs; reforming Wall Street; repairing our immigration system; quality education for every child; and ensuring that everyone in America has the opportunity to contribute to and strengthen our country, according to the statement:

The Council statement also issues a rallying cry to workers:

Working people can make a difference when we rely on ourselves and act collectively. We are America. And together we can make our voices heard.

Read the Council statement “One Nation Working Together” here [5].


Article printed from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG: http://blog.aflcio.org

URL to article: http://blog.aflcio.org/2010/08/05/one-nation-formed-to-bring-back-the-american-dream/

URLs in this post:

[1] frustrated and angered: http://blog.aflcio.org/2010/04/08/trumka-warns-forces-of-hate-fanning-flames-of-workers-economic-anger

[2] NAACP: http://www.naacp.org/

[3] National Council of La Raza: http://www.nclr.org/

[4] One Nation: http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/

[5] statement: http://www.aflcio.org/aboutus/thisistheaflcio/ecouncil/ec08042010a.cfm

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14 Responses to “Massive March on Washington 10/2/10 for the Change We Were Promised”

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  2. Dan Conner said

    I live in Mankato, MN. Can I reserve a hotel room through you and are there buses making the trip. I want to attend, even if I have to drive to the event. However, I want to know about what plans have been put into place.

  3. Liz said

    I can’t wait. I want everyone to see that we progressives are FIRED UP too! It’s a little crazy for my husband and I to be hopping on a plane to DC but after all these are crazy times… I feel like this might be our only chance… God forbid the conservative right-wingers take over! The Obama administration would be doomed, as would our country…if it’s not already…but hey! I can’t allow pessimism to dominate my psyche! That’s why I’m doing this crazy thing… Yes We Can!!!

  4. Sarah said

    For all the out of towners- Hotels in DC are expensive! I would look in MD or VA close to metro lines (No matter what anyone says all the metro lines are safe!) But they will drop you right downtown and it is the easiest way to move. Look at the end of lines: Springfield/ Franconia, VA — Glenmont, MD — Greenbelt MD — Suitland, MD — Huntington VA or Vienna VA. The hotels are cheaper, can be easier to get to and have plenty of reasonable restaurants around.
    We are in the area and always avoid downtown during any big march as it can be a little crazy— but we will be downtown on the 2nd and we are getting excited about a big group of progressives speaking up!

  5. Jack said

    Note to the reader: This comment from Jack has been edited.

    Randy Shannon

    Here is your future; from Republican former presidential candidate John McCain

    SB-3081 Is Unconstitutional!
    I received an email today asking for my view on a bill, SB-3081, proposed by John McCain and Joe Lieberman. Have you heard of it? I had not heard of it either. It hasn’t gotten much press so I confess that I was ignorant it altogether.
    Here is the whole bill: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s3081/text
    The bill sounds noble at first. It denies terrorists certain rights when being tried, such as bring Mirandized (you know, the right to remain silent, etc). It also allows the federal government to keep suspected terrorist indefinitely. I don’t believe NON-CITIZEN enemy combatants have the same rights as American citizens (Miranda rights, etc). This is not to say that when in holding that their civil rights are violated. However, they do not deserve constitutional protection.
    Now for the unconstitutional part. Repeatedly the term “UNPRIVILEGED ENEMY BELLIGERENTS” (hereafter referred to a UEB) is used to describe those to whom this bill applies. A UEB, according to this bill, could be held indefinitely without a trial.
    Notice:
    SEC. 5. DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL OF UNPRIVILEGED ENEMY BELLIGERENTS.
    An individual, including a citizen of the United States, determined to be an unprivileged enemy belligerent under section 3(c)(2) in a manner which satisfies Article 5 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War may be detained without criminal charges and without trial for the duration of hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners in which the individual has engaged, or which the individual has purposely and materially supported, consistent with the law of war and any authorization for the use of military force provided by Congress pertaining to such hostilities.
    Notice that! Notice this unconstitutional language! A US Citizen can be “detained without criminal charges and without trial.” Notice that this removes a US Citizen’s 5th Amendment right and replaces it with Geneva Convention law. That is sick!
    Please compare Mr McCain’s proposal with the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution!
    “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
    The only exception, as noted above, is IN the naval or land forces, ie a court-martial. McCain’s bill, SB-3081 is an infringement of the 5th Amendment. This is why conservatives CRINGED when John McCain won the GOP Primary. He is no conservative!
    But the bill has other horrid proposals. Notice section Sec 2(a)
    (a) Military Custody Requirement- Whenever within the United States, its territories, and possessions, or outside the territorial limits of the United States, an individual is captured or otherwise comes into the custody or under the effective control of the United States who is suspected of engaging in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners through an act of terrorism, or by other means in violation of the laws of war, or of purposely and materially supporting such hostilities, and who may be an unprivileged enemy belligerent, the individual shall be placed in military custody for purposes of initial interrogation and determination of status in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
    If you, a CITIZEN, are suspected of terrorism (not convicted, suspected), you go into the custody of the Military. Remember Homeland Security’s terrorism watchlist that defined anti-abortion activists, veterans, and gun owners as potential terrorists? Just who can they define as a terrorist? This is a slippery slope!
    The problems in this bill continue. Below is another dangerous section (I shortened some sections to “get to the point”).
    (2) CRITERIA FOR DESIGNATION OF INDIVIDUALS AS HIGH-VALUE DETAINEES- The regulations required by this subsection shall include criteria for designating an individual as a high-value detainee based on the following:
    (A) The potential threat the individual poses for an attack…
    (B) The potential threat the individual poses to United States Military…
    (C) The potential intelligence value….
    (D) Membership in al Qaeda…
    (E) Such other matters as the President considers appropriate.
    Such matters as the President considers appropriate?!?!?!?! Under what grounds does Mr McCain feel that the executive branch deserves this new authority? No sir – men are not indefinately held and interrogated because the “president considers it appropriate.”
    This bill is horrible. It is a vast expansion of federal power and a gross breach of the US Constitution. Please write your senators and ask them to reject this bill!
    More specifically, email each member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and politely ask them to vote no to this bill. http://judiciary.senate.gov/about/members.cfm

    • jessica said

      since when do progressives care about this constitution? We need to stick to the original ideas of this constitution and amend it where appropriate. The foundation of this country was based on freedom and self governance! People are flawed therefore, do not give them too much power over you. The idea that “nature’s god” grants us rights is based on this: if God gives you your rights (whichever god you believe in), no one can take them away from you. If God doesn’t, then who does? The government. And if the government gives you your rights, then they can take them away. The freedom of religion that we have is stated as such because we have the freedom to have any religion we wish. If it is changed to “freedom of worship” then that is a fundamental change. We will no longer have the freedom to religion. We will just have the freedom to worship what ever the government wants us to where ever they tell us to. You may think this is preposterous, but tell me: why do they want to change it? What are all these changes leading to? Do you think the ordinary people of Germany elected Hitler because of the mass murder he was going to inflict? Do you think the majority of people saw what was coming? NO. They didn’t. But once it was there, who could fight it without consequence of death. They used propaganda – just as Wilson did. In fact, they learned it from the progressive Wilson administration! Open your eyes!

      • carldavidson said

        Reply to Jessica from CarlD:

        Since when do progressives care about this constitution?

        We have always cared about it. That’s why we defend civil liberties and supported doing away with Jim Crow segregation and other form of discrimination going against the 14th Amendment.

        We need to stick to the original ideas of this Constitution and amend it where appropriate.

        Good, but this can mean many different things to different people.

        The foundation of this country was based on freedom and self governance!

        Not quite. It was started by companies in Europe seeking treasure in gold, tobacco, rum, furs, slaves and other commodities. They didn’t care about anyone’s freedom save for their own. When a degree of self governance came, it was only for ‘white’ male owners of property. Everyone else had to fight to expand the franchise. Even today, one dollar, one voter more accurately describes how our elections work than one person, one vote.

        People are flawed therefore, do not give them too much power over you.

        Agreed.

        The idea that “nature’s god” grants us rights is based on this: if God gives you your rights (whichever god you believe in), no one can take them away from you. If God doesn’t, then who does?

        We have rights simply because its our nature as human beings, just as we have language and social selves, ie, natural right. You can insert a creator if you like, but it’s not completely necessary. To use the Founders term, our rights are self-evident.


        The government. And if the government gives you your rights, then they can take them away.

        Yes, Rights can be acknowledged, or not, by governments, to one degree or another. But they neither give them to us nor can they take them away. They can try to deny them, at their peril. But the rights are part of our nature.


        The freedom of religion that we have is stated as such because we have the freedom to have any religion we wish. If it is changed to “freedom of worship” then that is a fundamental change. We will no longer have the freedom to religion. We will just have the freedom to worship what ever the government wants us to where ever they tell us to.

        No one is stopping you from praying anywhere, nor could they. But you do have to respect the law. You can’t break into my home and hold a prayer service, not can you disrupt or hijack a public meeting organized by another group or government body to do so. But if you want to rent a hall for a religious service, or buy time on the media to broadcast one, go ahead. Churches of all sort do it every day. The only ones under fire at the moment are Muslims, and you should be defending their rights under the 1st Amendment.


        You may think this is preposterous, but tell me: why do they want to change it? What are all these changes leading to? Do you think the ordinary people of Germany elected Hitler because of the mass murder he was going to inflict?

        First, Hitler was elected by a large minority, then handed a post from which he seized full power. But you’ll have to be more specific about what changes you mean here.

        Do you think the majority of people saw what was coming? NO. They didn’t. But once it was there, who could fight it without consequence of death. They used propaganda – just as Wilson did. In fact, they learned it from the progressive Wilson administration! Open your eyes!

        If you want to learn real history, you’ll have to set aside Glenn Beck’s rants against Wilson. Besides, the real progressive heroes of that time were Eugene Debs, WEB DuBois and the suffragettes, all who suffered at the hands of both Democrats and Republicans. And the main instrument of propaganda these days is Faux News, Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity and the rest of that crew, who have dumbed down news and real discussion to the level of far right ‘infotainment’. If you what to see a higher level of public discourse, go read the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

  6. alan meyerberg said

    I left a reply recently but you didnt post it. I guess you only post things that support your point of view. What a surprise, not!

    • carldavidson said

      We post things that don’t agree with us. Sometimes we reply; sometimes we don’t. But we have standards, ie, you have to make a cogent argument or statement, not just hurl insults or personal abuse. Those comments usually go into the circular file. So try again, if you like.

  7. porchia said

    quick question does anyone tell me how this relates to civil right and public policy?

  8. Sid said

    What is the most accurate estimate of crowd size on 10/2/10?

    • carldavidson said

      If you took a count at the peak, between 2 and 2:30pm, I’d say the estimate from the organizers of 175,000 is close. The entire area on all sides of the mall’s reflecting pool, especially in the shade under the trees, was packed. Based on my own educated guesses at going to these things since the 1960s, I’d say no less than 150,000 and no more than 200,000. What was more important to me, however, was the demographic composition. This was the most working class and most multinational, ie, a rainbow, as well as the best mixture of generations, of any rally I have ever attended–and that’s been quite a few of them.

  9. jessica said

    We have always cared about it. That’s why we defend civil liberties and supported doing away with Jim Crow segregation and other form of discrimination going against the 14th Amendment.

    Many progressives think we do not have the right to pray on the steps of a court house. That this “offends” them and therefore should not be allowable. Or that we should not be able to own guns, or certain guns. Healthcare is not a right. It is a service that costs money. Having a job is not a right. It is a privilege. If you suck at your job, it should be given to someone else at the employer’s discretion. The government should provide services only to those who absolutely cannot provide for themselves. Charity can help with the rest.

    Most past progressives have detested the constitution. The past (and I’m sure present) progressives wanted to disregard the Constitution in order to enlarge the scope of government – which has been done. And a massive debt has incurred because of its expanse. Don’t talk repub or dem – it doesn’t matter what you label yourself. I can say I’m a communist – but it’s my fundamental beliefs and what comes from my actions that matter.

    Good, but this can mean many different things to different people.

    Well it doesn’t include the right to a job, healthcare, or food, or killing other human beings. Many of us are willing to compromise – like a safety class before buying a gun. But when you extend rights to goods and services then you have a problem. Who pays? And if everyone has the right to everything they need, who will work? Where’s the private sector stimulation? We were the country that has created everything from nothing! A janitor can have a good idea and become a millionaire. And most of this comes from dissatisfaction. It comes from not having all of our needs met. If we are complacent, we are mediocre. Most people want social equality and social justice. It’s BS. The fact is, some people are born with more or less. The beauty of this country is that through your own management, those born with less

    Not quite. It was started by companies in Europe seeking treasure in gold, tobacco, rum, furs, slaves and other commodities. They didn’t care about anyone’s freedom save for their own. When a degree of self governance came, it was only for ‘white’ male owners of property. Everyone else had to fight to expand the franchise. Even today, one dollar, one voter more accurately describes how our elections work than one person, one vote.

    More people than you think actually cared about each other. People are flawed, yes. Some of the founders had slaves. But if you look at their lives as a whole, you will see many of them were good people. My mother had an abortion once upon a time, but does that mean she is a horrible person? Maybe you should look at the thousands of letters between the founders. Instead of looking at a book written by some guy, look at their actual words.

    We have rights simply because its our nature as human beings, just as we have language and social selves, ie, natural right. You can insert a creator if you like, but it’s not completely necessary. To use the Founders term, our rights are self-evident.

    The history of government is to be big and oppressive, ignoring our rights. America was different in the idea that this government will NOT deny us our rights listed in the constitution. – what Obama says is a charter of negative liberties – which isn’t a bad thing considering that governments of past present and future deny those rights daily.

    Yes, Rights can be acknowledged, or not, by governments, to one degree or another. But they neither give them to us nor can they take them away. They can try to deny them, at their peril. But the rights are part of our nature.

    Okay, so just give the government the power to kill us, imprison us, or punish us for expressing our “freewill.” By giving power to our expanded government you open yourself up… so what if we accidentally put a Hitler in charge of this large government? Or how about good ol GW (someone a little less destructive)? You get massive problems. If Government is small, you have minor problems that are easier to reverse.

    No one is stopping you from praying anywhere, nor could they. But you do have to respect the law. You can’t break into my home and hold a prayer service, not can you disrupt or hijack a public meeting organized by another group or government body to do so. But if you want to rent a hall for a religious service, or buy time on the media to broadcast one, go ahead. Churches of all sort do it every day. The only ones under fire at the moment are Muslims, and you should be defending their rights under the 1st Amendment.

    Yeah… that’s just what those crafty conservatives want to do – break into your home and pray…. Hmmm. So when people at the Kennedy center say that you can’t pray at a federally funded building… that‘s just code for ‘go ahead and pray’?

    First, Hitler was elected by a large minority, then handed a post from which he seized full power. But you’ll have to be more specific about what changes you mean here.

    In times of emergency the people were scared for their security and agreed to policies that lost freedoms. That had drastic consequences. like this new bill that was mentioned. Or the patriot act. The progressive left have policies like that too. Who can be against something called the patriot act? Are you anti-patriotic? Or how about all those ‘save the environment’ or ‘-education’ or ‘teachers’ bills or propositions? Are you a hater? You must hate children and teachers and grass! Its propaganda. Either side it spews from!

    So what is the plan for our country? Well, it’s just making sure that you’re taken care of, right? Now we need Papa Government to regulate our French fries, because they are not good for us. I’m sure anyone over the age of 12 knows that McDonalds is bad for you. But you are in control of your body and if you want to be a fat blimp, that’s you’re prerogative if you pay for your own medical bills or insurance. Yeah, if you are on gov assistance, I can understand a regulation. That’s why we need as little people as possible on that assistance. By “spreading the wealth” you deny the working people the money they earn and give the money to the non working class. If you let the working class keep the money, they usually give to charities as they see fit – directly. You cannot force charity. Why should the US give billions to foreign aid (or to policing another nation for that matter!) when we cannot afford it? We have to reduce money spend – whether on social security, Medicaid, housing, etc. Let the people pick it up. Don’t extend (again) the unemployment money awarded! Contrary to what Pelosi thinks, you don’t create jobs like that! You get government out of the people’s business and business will flourish. Private business! Government has little incentive for improving things. A business does! If a business dumps their toxic waste customers will not buy products and that affects profit! Most business owners are not evil people. Sure, there may be a few, but don’t punish this country for a few bad businessmen. Look at Bill Gates – he made billions from a small idea. That idea made other millionaires through investors and produced millions of jobs AND he gives millions to charities. He didn’t have to. Sure there are some people who don’t. That’s their business. You cant force charity.

    If you want to learn real history, you’ll have to set aside Glenn Beck’s rants against Wilson. Besides, the real progressive heroes of that time were Eugene Debs, WEB DuBois and the suffragettes, all who suffered at the hands of both Democrats and Republicans. And the main instrument of propaganda these days is Faux News, Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity and the rest of that crew, who have dumbed down news and real discussion to the level of far right ‘infotainment’. If you what to see a higher level of public discourse, go read the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

    You know, all I’ve seen about Glenn Beck from you all is the fact that you hate him, he spreads lies, and some of you want to kill him or have him killed in some fashion. I bet most of you have watched a whole episode much less an accurate clip that fully describes the point he makes.

    Yes, I have known Lincoln’s position on slavery and rights. But look at abortion. That is wrong. That is killing a human being unjustly. Is that not denying someone their rights to life? You have to look at things in context. Slavery was acceptable for a lot of people back then. At least he wanted for blacks to have basic freedoms. I mean, What if he were to protest on gay rights? How far would that go? Sometimes you have to accept baby steps towards a larger goal.

    You have to think of what it may have been like in the past. Just because Lincoln didn’t think that blacks were as intelligent as whites doesn’t mean all that much. What were the conditions? When the blacks were sold as slaves in Africa, how many educated people did they come across? You have people who may have lived in mud houses and none of the basic technology that the whites of Europe had. Even just a few years ago my mother-in-law traveled to Africa and found that the people in the particular area she went to didn’t understand the basic concept of a ladder. They didn’t have the problem solving skills to use an object as a ladder to climb on top of a short building. Now, that is by no means an accurate representation of the African-American race as a whole. But you put this idea in their time. Black people would have seemed unintelligent. That is just misinformation. It matters, yes. But you have to put things in context. It may have been wrong, but it is not hateful in and of itself. The people who believed this – and despite that information believed they should be free people as the constitution stated – are not horrible people. And obviously he was elected, so there was some sort of majority who believed in that.

    I keep hearing this “faux news” bit from obama and progressives. Oh, gee that’s another thing – there is waaay too much information out there according to obama so they need to regulate that information online. Are you kidding? Just because they don’t all sell out and eat the pigeon food that the administration throws out? (any administration- r or d).

  10. jessica said

    error corrections:
    *those born with less can create more. and that hasn’t happened much through unemployment checks.

    I bet most of you have *not* watched a whole episode much less an accurate clip that fully describes the point he makes.

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