Progressive March on DC ‘Fueled by Hope, Not Hate’
October 2, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—-The tea party is about to see what a diverse group of people really looks like this weekend. A coalition of progressive groups from unions to veterans and faith-based organizations are descending on our nation’s Capitol today to participate in the “One Nation Working Together” rally, as a response to the divisive anti-Obama tea party marches. The rally will focus on jobs, education and social justice for all Americans, with unity as the guiding force behind the gathering. The One Nation website, says “We have proven the only thing we need to succeed is each other.”
The event takes place on Saturday at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall and will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Speakers, such as Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, NAACP President Ben Jealous, and MSNBC host Ed Schultz will be on hand to rally the progressive troops.
There will also be musical entertainment, including opera singer Angela Brown, poetry readings and other performances.
Ben Jealous is proud of the rally’s unifying message of diversity. “What unites our coalition is a common goal to pull America back together and put America back to work,” Jealous said. “We are unified through a deep concern over a lack of civility in the political discourse. We are unified around our common vision of an America where we acknowledge our differences and work together to solve problems.”
The One Nation website aims to unite groups involved in progressives causes to form a powerful coalition for change, without hate and bigotry.
“One Nation Working Together is a social movement of individuals and organizations committed to putting America back to work and pulling America back together. Coming from a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and orientations, we are determined to build a more united country with good jobs, equal justice, and quality public education for all.”
“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.”
The rally comes just four weeks away from the November elections, wherein a tidal wave of voter anger, fueled by unemployment, tea party groups and Republican obstructionism in Congress is expected to result in Republican gains.
Likely Democratic voters are suffering from an enthusiasm gap compared to the tea party-riled up GOP voters. So, today’s rally is meant to energize progressive voters before the mid-terms.
In recent days Beck has become unhinged with his attacks on the One Nation rally, saying the event included Communists and socialists who should be on an F.B.I. watch list. Beck said the event is designed to destroy America with lies and socialism or something.
“All of these groups, and the president of the United States, want nothing short of fundamental transformation of America,” Beck said on a recent show. “Do not allow them to get away with the lies! Do not allow them to say that we are just ‘one nation, working together.’ ‘We’re just trying to put America back to work and putting America back together.’ These people, a lot of them, have fought their entire life to destroy America!”
The One Nation Together march is not expected to garner as much media attention, as the tea party rallies with the “patriots” wearing three cornered hats, holding signs depicting President Obama, our first black president, as Hitler, an illegal alien, an African witch doctor and a Marxist, Communist, socialist tyrant, who plans to take their guns away.
The rally can be viewed live online here.