DC One Nation March October 2
Having been burned during the run up to the ill-advised military adventure in Iraq, I am always very cautious about attending protests and supporting any event or organization until I am clear what the sponsor’s agenda is.
Back in 2003, I attended a huge protest in Washington, DC against the invasion of Iraq that was sponsored by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition.
Me and four other friends were there to show lawmakers that we were against the war. We had no other agenda in mind.
Upon arrival, we started noticing the fringe issues were being addressed on the podium, and many of the speakers had opinions that I found distasteful and offensive.
But what was worse was the fact that the event seemed to degenerate into a circus of unrelated groups trying to bring attention to their completely off-message issues:
- End the Zionist occupation of Palestine
- Normalize relations with Cuba
- Legalize marijuana
- Free cop-murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal
What the hell did this have to do with preventing the US from invading Iraq?
The shouting factions, clamoring for a moment in the spotlight diluted the alleged message of the day — there were about 200,000 people just in Washington, DC who were against the war with Iraq.
Of course the media seized on the wackiest of nut jobs, and all but dismissed the protests (there were huge gatherings around the world) as a bunch of leftist moonbats.
It was hilarious to watch the Fox News whores try to downplay the images of streets filled with throngs of protesters — even funnier when you compare it to their coverage and sponsorship of the Tea Partiers.
I left the event that day dejected and disappointed. I went on to attend smaller vigils and protests locally — but the day left a bad taste in my mouth.
So, I’m now very careful.
That’s why I’m glad to report that the One Nation Working Together folks seem to be on the up and up.
The only criticism comes from a standpoint of focus. In this low attention span culture, your message needs to be simple and clear. The One Nation folks have bitten off quite a bit.
However, the issues they present are all essential to achieving one goal — bringing back the middle class in America.
The march has the support of several labor unions and is being promoted on liberal media outlets
The march on Saturday, October 2 in Washington, DC (other events are planned around the nation) is about taking back America for the middle class and working Americans.
Their webpage states that they support extending unemployment benefits and COBRA coverage for those hit by the current economic downturn, and in the longterm the group is calling for reforms to provide a living wage and paid sick days for all workers.
One Nation also supports ensuring affordable access to quality education for all Americans, and providing teacher training to improve classroom practices.
In a section of their webpage labeled “Equality For All” the group calls for the country to change fiscal priorities:
- End the foreclosure epidemic and save the homes of America’s families
- Reform bankruptcy laws to protect families and working people
- Prioritize affordable housing for all
- Protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare
- Repair private pension systems
- Complete the promise of health care reform, including the public option
- Provide greater national investment in new jobs, improved infrastructure, and education instead of increased military spending
Improve consumer protections
- Prohibit and punish predatory lending and mortgage scams
- Increase watchdog powers of institutions, including the Consumer Financial Protection Agency
- Avoid taxpayer bailouts of financial institutions deemed “too big to fail”
It’s interesting to note that many of these points are ones that the Astroturf Tea Party crowd purport to demand.
Anyway, I encourage you to take a look at the One Nation page, and if you like what you see, join me on October 2 in Washington, DC.
I feel it’s the least I can do to show the cynical corporations and their Republican puppets that many in the ACTUAL grassroots of America aren’t prepared to lie down and take their table scraps anymore.
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