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.

The One Nation group also hopes to attract a large crowd, to overtake the 87,000 teapartiers who attended Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally.

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!”

Whatever Beck.

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.


8 Responses to “Progressive March on DC ‘Fueled by Hope, Not Hate’”

  1. Kevin on October 2nd, 2010 12:13 pm

    These people are what America really looks like. They aren’t the scared, old, white people of the tea party. This is real America, the America of the future.

  2. West August on October 2nd, 2010 12:46 pm

    It appears that this rally is nothing but a group of loud, obnoxious, unions…and communists…oh, and yes there are the Marxists.

    Signs? Oh yes, there are signs (granted, they looked like they were supplied by the union printers).

    The speakers- so far we have been hearing a lot of the same old angry “spread the wealth” crap that most Americans have learned really means, “let’s be more like Venezuela”.

    We get it. But we don’t have to buy it, take it, or vote for it.

  3. Paul on October 2nd, 2010 2:13 pm

    Based on the stark contrast presented in the first two comments, I proudly support the Progressives, their rally and their message.

    People who are hurting in this country need hope, not hate.

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  5. hsr0601 on October 2nd, 2010 3:54 pm

    The outcome of government take-over     :

    1.      In banking industry, the result of government take-over is big bonus parties backed by the tax-payer’s invaluable cash.

    2.      In healcare reform, the outcome of government take-over is to dump ill children when needed most.

    3.      In oil spill, the administration should be held responsible for its deregulation, urging a big government

    Chanting deficit     :

    1.      Amid chanting deficit, the same old failed policy.

    2.      Amid chanting deficit, hands-off approach over huge trade deficit from oil money spill & trade imbalance with China from remorseless health care premium.

    3.      Unfortunately, as a direct consequence of remorseless health care premium,  numerous folks have no choice but to hang onto affordable offerings,  since one in two households is said to face a hard decision between necessity  & drug.

    4.      Inaction cost in relation to health care reform totals $9trillion over the next decade.

    5.      Over the next 10 years, total Bush tax cut costs will equal $3.9 trillion, …. the tax cuts would increase deficits by nearly $4 trillion between 2005 and 2014.

    The most critical debt     :    Personal Bankruptcy 

    1.      The current recession came from Personal Bankruptcy largely as a consequence of the relentless health care costs, pain at the pump, and the subsequent subprime mortgage crisis.

    In the face of huge trade deficit from oil money spill & trade imbalance with China, the primary economic policy of previous administration was ” spending baby “to the great delight of republicans’ sponsors.

    2.      By comparison, the recovered stock market value alone, around $1.5 trillion, is nearly twice as much as the stimulus package, set aside all the other benefits.

    As always, the republicans and unqualified media let folks locked in a box. ruling out the positive effects.

    The most promising deficit-cut of government      :    Slashing the destructive war & military waste 

    1.      Slashing the destructive war & military waste alone supposedly could be enough to balance the budget.

  6. majii on October 2nd, 2010 4:32 pm

    If one wants to turn our government over to Big Business and Big Oil, vote for republicans next month, but if one wants Americans to control their own government, vote for democrats next month.

    I’m firmly in the camp of Americans controlling our government. If our government becomes controlled by the business sector, we can no longer be called a representative democracy/republic. We then become an autocracy, a government run by a small group of individuals. In this case, a small group of rich and powerful individuals who own the corporations who gain control of our government by supporting bought and paid for politicians who are expected to, once they are in office, vote in favor of the corporations.

  7. Tanya on October 2nd, 2010 11:37 pm

    Glenn Beck’s rally had a very Orwellian feel to it, while the One Nation rally reminded me of the love and peace movements of the 1960’s, but on a much higher level. It is clear to me that more big names supported the One Nation rally, and every speech was incredible. For example, HARRY BELAFONTE: Oh, what he had to say was magnificient. It’s a speech that no American should miss. Glenn Beck? Go back to your day job: DRINKING.

  8. Chad on October 4th, 2010 2:58 pm

    Want to see what this progressive rally looked like? Watch the youtube video here and judge for yourself. This should make is much easier for people to decide which rally (Glen Beck’s or this one) they support:

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