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Friday, September 17, 2010

One Nation March Washington, D.C 10/2; Michigan bus transportation available


One Nation Working Together announced on September 17, a rally will occur in Washington, D.C. on October 2, for the causes of Jobs, Justice and Peace. The rally expects to have thousands of individuals from across the country in attendance that will come together on a number of important economic issues, including:
Good jobs- One million new jobs now. Jobs where each voice and lifestyle are respected. Every working American is able to share fairly in the wealth he or she helps create, is able to live in a safe community and to care for her or his family.
A fair chance for everyone to live the American Dream- Every American, regardless of race, class, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religious background, beliefs or heritage can have the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential and live in dignity.  
Excellent quality education from pre-kindergarten through college- that is accessible and affordable to most families.
An America that works for us all- So that no matter what happens, the basics of life–food, shelter, medical care and education, are never denied.
"One Nation Working Together is a movement of everyday people," says Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the NAACP stated in a PR Newswire Press Release on September 17, "who are marching on 10/2/10 along with human and civil rights organizations, unions and trade associations, youth and student groups, faith, educational, environmental, peace, gender and identity rights groups, and hundreds of other groups.  We are making a direct demand – to reclaim our fundamental right to the American Dream.  We are holding our representatives inWashington accountable for re-focusing national priorities on what is important – the people," he explains.
Partner organizations to the One Nation Working Together rally include national associations and news resources, such as:
One Nation Working Together rally demands include for political, business and civic leaders, to provide at least one million new jobs including in Green industries, extended unemployment compensation benefits, paid sick days and family leave for all workers, repair of the nations' immigration system, extending civil and human rights protections, ending racial profiling and curbing re-segregation attempts, completing the promise of health care reform with the public option. 
U.S. Census Bureau 2009 report, released on September 16, citied that the U.S. poverty rate increased between 2008 and 2009 and uninsured rate and number of people without health insurance during this same period. A overview of the nations' 9.6 percent unemployment rate and Michigan's 13.1 percent rate, certainly has lead to both of these sobering statistics. 
The report quotes 43.6 million people, or 14.3 percent of American residents, lived below the poverty line last year, compared with 13.2 percent in 2008 and 11.3 percent in 2000. With such, the number of people counted as living below the poverty line in 2009 was the largest number, since records began being kept in the 1950's.
Community organizations thoughout the Metro Detroit Region are organization bus transportation for unemployed job seekers, to attend the One Nation Working together rally. Michiganders are encouraged to contact the following resources, as bus seats are filling up quickly:
Metro Detroit
Peace Action Michigan
Contact-248-548-3920
Bus Seats Available
Democratic Socialists of America
Bus Seats Available
Contact-248-761-4203.
Mid-Michigan/Lansing Area
Peace Action Center
Contact-517-515-5634
Bus Seats Available
$50.00 Donation is requested to defray costs for transportation. Limited scholarships for the cost of the trip are available for unemployed job seekers  
Statewide for UAW Members/Retirees
UAW Members and Retirees can contact this website for information on bus transportation:

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