by Tina Shannon, President
PA 12th CD Chapter, Progressive Democrats of America
July 24, 2013
Friends, You’ve probably all heard about the 50th Anniversary March on Washington by now. At first it seemed the March might be a well-deserved but merely historic commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr’s magnificent I Have a Dream speech.
As time passed though, it became clear that many folks were quite aware of how relevant Dr. King’s words were to our present time. We are having our voting rights curtailed. We need jobs. The important institutions of civil society, such as schools and social services are being cut and even eliminated.
Then the incident in Florida made painfully clear to our entire nation how strongly racism still exists. Trayvon Martin is a black teen-ager cut down before his life was even launched, and he is only one of many with more to come. The whole country now must confront the truth about ALEC, the right wing think tank creating harmful & divisive legislation for corporations to foist upon Republican State lawmakers. We must also face the fact that Stand Your Ground laws are in place throughout the country allowing scared racists to confront those they perceive as different and dangerous and kill them if they feel threatened.
So, on top of all the economic and political problems we face, laws like this are being implemented that destroy the very fabric of our society.
It’s time to say, enough.
Folks all over the country are reserving buses and getting their friends & family to go to Washington to deliver this message.
We have reserved & filled 4 buses in Beaver County already. Enough people are expressing interest that we have reserved a 5th bus. We are currently raising funds to pay for it.
The cost of the 5th bus is $2400. One of you has already very generously donated $500. Only $1900 more to go. Please donate whatever you can. If everyone gives $10 or $20, we’ve got this.
Please sign up to go on the bus also. I think this March shaping up to be a historic event all on it’s own.
I often hear people ask, “When are we in this country going to get fed up & take to the streets?” Good question. It might be August 24th.
Let me know.