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What One Nation Working Together Partners are Saying

(WASHINGTON,DC) –"One Nation Working Together is a movement of everyday people," says Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the NAACP, "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 in Washington accountable for re-focusing national prioritieson what is important – the people," he explains.

What One Nation Working Together Partners are Saying

"We are facing unprecedented economic and social challenges in this country," says George Gresham, president of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (Service Employees International Union). "Unemployment and recession, struggling public school systems, and recent attempts to take away basic civil and human rights compel us to come together and act," he adds, "by demanding one million new jobs now."

"It is time we put aside our differences and focus on moving forward together, refocusing our country's priorities on what is truly important – renewed and stepped up investments in our people."

According to Wade Henderson, president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: "Our movement strives to make real the promise of America for everyone. On October 2nd, our voice for progress and hope will be raised in a clarion call.

"The ideal that everyone should have equal opportunity to live a rich and prosperous life is an essential element of our national identity, an ideal that has served our country well for generations. However, today we face serious challenges that can only be addressed with decisive leadership and a redoubled commitment on the part of all of us to act in the public interest for the good of all.

"We have an opportunity to change the course of federal policymaking to build an economy based on shared prosperity for all people in America, including communities of color, low-skilled and less-educated workers, aging workers, and people with disabilities, all of whom have been affected disproportionately by the current jobs crisis."

Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins: "The One Nation March is a critical moment in American history. Now is the time that the progressive power in this country prove that we are the movement of faith. We are the movement fighting to protect the most vulnerable Americans from those who want to exploit us and lock us out of the American dream."

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: "With tens of millions of people stuck in a jobless quagmire and a slow economy, the time for action is now," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. "This great country can do better. As one nation, working together, we can build an economy that truly works for all. And we will."

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry:  "One Nation is about putting America back to work and pulling America back together," said SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. "It's time to unite our collective strength to lead our country back to economic prosperity and send a clear message that we will not be divided. We will not back down until all workers have the freedom to unite to form unions and rebuild the middle class. And we will not back down until we build a fair, humane and just immigration system that protects hard working immigrants from exploitation and meets the economic needs of our future."

Please visit the One Nation Working Together website to voice your dream for this country and to join the 10-2-10 march: www.onenationworkingtogether.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE OCTOBER 2 EVENT, GO TO THE "EMPLOYMENT NEWS" SECTION UNDER "BUSINESS"

 

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