Everyone’s got their marching shoes on and heading to Washington, DC. Next one up, One Nation October 2nd. The purpose: Jobs, Justice, and Education for All. Who can’t get with that? Who’s behind this one? The list is so long, it’s best to state who and interests the partners represent:
WHO WE ARE
We are One Nation, born from many, determined to build a more united America – with jobs, justice and education for all.
We are young people, frustrated that society seems willing to spend more locking up our bodies than educating our minds, yet still we find ways to succeed and shine.
We are students and newly-returned veterans – persevering in the face of mounting debt – determined not to be the first generation to end up worse off than our parents.
We are baby boomers and seniors – who saw hope killed in 1968 and will not let the dream of a united America be taken from us again.
We are conservatives and moderates, progressives and liberals, non-believers and people of deep faith, united by escalating assaults on our reason, our environment, and our rights.
We are workers of every age, faith, race, sex, nationality, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and ability – who have suffered discrimination but never stopped loving our neighbors, or our nation.
We are American Indians and Alaska Natives – citizens of Native nations – who maintain our cultures, protect our sovereignty, and strength America’s economy.
We are the new immigrants, raising our children in the torchlight of the Statue of Liberty, while confronting the shadows that are bigotry and mass deportations.
We are the native born. We inherited the divided legacies of settlers and American Indians, black slaves and white and Asian indentured servants. And yet, in this moment of shared suffering, we rejoice in newfound friendships and new alliances.
We are people who got thrown out – thrown out of our jobs, schools, houses, farms and small businesses – while Wall Street’s wrongdoers got bailed out. We are families who pray every day – for peace and prosperity; for deliverance from foreclosures; for good jobs to come back to urban and rural America.
We are unemployed workers – forced to watch hopes for bold action dashed – because some Senators threaten filibusters, and other would-be champions fold in fear.
And yet, we are the majority – fueled by hope, not hate. We have the pride, power and determination to keep ourselves – and our country – moving up and out of the valley greed created.
And most importantly – from ensuring women are treated fairly at work, to expanding health care coverage for millions– we have been victorious whenever we worked together. We have proven the only thing we need to succeed is each other.
And so, on 10-2-10, we come back together – to march.
Afterwards, kick off your marching shoes and slip on the dancing shoes with Alice Walker and celebrate the publication of her new book Hard Times Require Furious Dancing at Busboys and Poets (5th & K Streets, NW) from 8 PM – 1 AM. Here’s the blurb (this just in):
Remember, the $50 ticket price includes open bar and food—another $20 covers the price of Alice Walker’s new book HARD TIMES REQUIRE FURIOUS DANCING. The $150 VIP ticket includes a special reception with Ms. Walker, a signed copy of the book, food and premium bar.
Tickets may be purchased here
Feet don’t fail me now!