Menu
Paid Advertisement
view counter

One Nation Rally: Movement for jobs, justice, and peace fills the Mall

By Ron Whitehorne on Oct 3, 2010 02:20 PM

Tens of thousands demonstrated in Washington on Saturday for jobs, justice, and education, an effective counterpoint to the right-wing Glen Beck affair in August.  

Unfortunately the media mostly played down the event or missed its significance. The Inquirer, for example,did not have a reporter at the event and ran a wire-service article on page 4 of Sunday's edition, characterizing it alternately as a Democratic election rally and a protest around a “grab bag of issues”  ranging from “universal health care”… to “vegetarianism.”

I talked to many people on the Mall and didn’t hear anything about eating vegetables. Most people were more concerned about being able to eat at all.  

An autoworker from Ohio spoke for many when he said he was there because his unemployment had run out, food stamps weren’t enough, and his children were going hungry.  

And while calls to vote and support the Democratic legislative agenda were certainly an element of the rally, the main themes echoed the historic concerns of the labor-civil rights coalition dating back to the 1960s – jobs, peace, and justice.  

But while this demonstration lacked the size and militancy of some earlier actions, it was broader and more unified in some important ways. Civil rights icon Al Sharpton, for example, made a point of calling for equal rights for gays and lesbians. In both the speeches and the signage, opposition to the attacks on Muslims and immigrants was a strong theme. So too were the links drawn between the cuts in social programs and racist attacks on the African American community. 

Another positive development was the strong showing by many unions including the American Federation of Teachers, who were a major presence. Judging from the numbers of union T-shirts, union members made up the majority of participants, a sharp contrast to many earlier rallies. Pressed by the worst recession in years, attacks on teachers and public sector workers, and the continued decline in manufacturing, many union leaders are reaching out to form new alliances and the rank and file responded.  

Regardless of the outcome of the midterm elections, the emergence of a stronger progressive coalition is good news and shows that there is “thunder on the left” as well as on the right, even if the so-called liberal media doesn’t find it newsworthy.

Comments (1)

Submitted by amucheedgella (not verified) on December 23, 2011 10:05 am

genuinely residing far better lives than our mother and father? north face jackets with weighty outfits. The North Deal with jackets are created with water- and wind-resistant components so

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.

By using this service you agree not to post material that is obscene, harassing, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable. We reserve the right to delete or remove any material deemed to be in violation of this rule, and to ban anyone who violates this rule. Please see our "Terms of Usage" for more detail concerning your obligations as a user of this service. Reader comments are limited to 500 words. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

Follow Us On

          

Philly Ed Feed

Stopping Summer Slide

 

Recent Comments

Top

Public School Notebook

699 Ranstead St.
Third Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 839-0082
Fax: (215) 238-2300
notebook@thenotebook.org

© Copyright 2013 The Philadelphia Public School Notebook. All Rights Reserved.
Terms of Usage and Privacy Policy