Please give a Shout Out to JimP for providing the Color Banners. He has a gift!
And thanks to the Staff of One Nation Working Together for hustling to greatly improve their website this week. You should check it out. They have added many new links providing much more information. The new links are 'drop downs' from the main links.
And big thanks to barkingcat for gathering information and to Aaraujo for tenaciously posting a diary a day to keep this 10.2.10 March on Washington on the front page of Daily Kos, and to others who posted diaries to help as well. A team effort for sure.
We have to BE the change. We must win seats in November.
Enthusiasm gap is about to be closed.
G E T O N T H E BUS !!
National organizations have come together to create One Nation Working Together. Click on this picture to go to their website.
Our People. Nuestra Gente. It is time that every community come together and demand the change that we voted for in 2008. ONE NATION WORKING TOGETHER is not just for one community, it is for all communities, it is for OUR community. We hope to galvanize those deeply affected by our struggling economy: Youth (College and Non College), Women, Faith Community, Working Class Citizens, Unionized Workers, and the Immigrant Population.
"ONE NATION WORKING TOGETHER is about reordering out nation's priorities to invest in our most valuable resource-our people."
We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve the American Dream-a secure job, a safe home and a quality education. We want provide an opportunity for people who care about the state of our government, our jobs and our economy the chance to speak out with their voice and their bodies in Washington, DC. We want to come together and speak on behalf of the millions of people who have been affected by our economic downturn in the past few years. We will fight for meaningful, stable jobs, homes we can call our own, the opportunity for our children to obtain a quality education regardless of economic circumstances and the chance to become an American citizen and contribute to improving America. Our Dream is simple-the American Dream.
We are going to March on Washington on October 2, 2010 (10.2.10). Whether we come by car, bus, plane or train, we will mobilize tens of thousands of people to march in solidarity at the Nation's Capitol in order to protect our jobs, our education and our economy.
10.2.10 (October 2, 2010)
We want to build a movement.
We will march because we are frustrated and unsatisfied with the status quo. We have a chance to galvanize a movement for the majority of people for justice in America. We can build a movement that both looks like America and resonates with all segments of the American family. We can build an authentically diverse coalition of our Black, Brown, Red, and White Brothers and Sisters that is rooted in our country's democratic and progressive traditions. Finally, we will reclaim American themes and traditions - a more perfect union, common good and justice for all.
We will build diverse community coalitions that represent what our neighbors and cities look like. We will phone bank, canvass, plan events, and physically outreach to the community using our relations and grassroots tactics to not only get people on the bus to Washington, D.C., but to build a movement that people can resonate with and believe in.
You can Join For Free One Nation Working Together
Here is a link to the Sponsor Organization List Feel free to contact them, ask them to post a link to the 10.2.10 Rally if they don't have one, and thank them for sponsoring this soon-to-be historic event
I can share that this is going to be HUGE. You've probably heard that Ed Shultz will be one of the many speakers. Good for Ed. He walks his talk.
Also, ONWT has added a Transportation Link to their Website where you can find two tools: Find a Bus and Find a Ride. If you are willing to drive sign up, or you need a ride sign up, or you are looking for a bus.
AND, YOU CAN PUT TOGETHER A BUS and register it here, too. The RFK Stadium has been acquired by ONWT for the day, but the buses must be registered prior to arrival. If you go to this link and scroll down, you can read an incomplete list of buses and details about them being offered and registered with ONWT.
Again, there are over 2,200 NAACP offices nationally. You can go to this link to locate the offices in your state. If you call them, you will find out about buses in your area. Not all areas are offering buses.
Find an NAACP Office near you.
CWA Union Members can bring friends and family. CWA will be sponsoring buses coming from CT, NJ, NY, PA, DE, OH, IN, MI, VA, WV, and MD. Be creative and find a union member willing to help you get on a CWA Bus.
You can sign up for a bus seat at this link
YOU WILL AVOID LONG TICKET LINES IF YOU PURCHASE A DC METRO SmarTrip Card to get from the RFK Statium to the Lincoln Memorial and avoid the lines to buy a ticket.
What Is a SmarTrip® Card?
A SmarTrip® card is a permanent, rechargeable farecard. It's plastic, like a credit card, and is embedded with a special computer chip that keeps track of the value of the card.
Using a SmarTrip® card is fast and easy. Instead of inserting a farecard through the Metrorail faregate slot, you simply touch the SmarTrip® card to the circular targets on top of or inside station faregates. Likewise, you can tap the SmarTrip® farebox on Metrobus to pay your fare with SmarTrip®.
To find information on purchasing a Washington DC Met Smart Card you can go to this
Information link. You will find a link to buy the SmarTrip Card on line. If you buy the daily pass, you can save a lot of money.
REALLY GOOD NEWS UPDATE: One Nation Working Together has updated their website. Specifically, they have added an event finder/creator. Click on this Link where you will see where planning meetings, etc. are set up prior to 10.2.10, AND you can create your own. You can get ONWT going in your area.
Here are a couple of tricks that will help you navigate the Events Scheduler.
If you are interested in events in the North East, you will have to zoom in to find the details because the "orange markers" are too close together. Also, there isn't an ability to copy/paste the events (will work on that), so if you want to share with others, you will have to forward the link to them.
You can create your own event or use the event scheduler as a creative tool. I used this feature to broadcast myself as a contact person in my state for people interested in getting ONWT off the ground in my area. You can get ONWT going in your area in the same manner.
NAACP has events frequently, and you may find some that are planning events here:
Here's an event in
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
SARN Rally for 10.2.10 (Bus Rides to the 10-2-10 rally in DC)
Durham NAACP President Fred Foster will rally activists at the SARN expansion celebration on September 23 at 7pm to "Get On The Bus!"
Time Thursday, September 23, 2010 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Host Theresa El-Amin
Contact Phone (919) 824-0659
Hayti Heritage Center (Durham, NC)
804 Old Fayetteville St
Durham, NC 27707
Here is the list of ONWT Regional Coordinators Contact Information
CALIFORNIA LINK Find events and contacts.
Maybe you would like to pass out flyers? Or download a poster or sign. If so, you can:
Here's some promotional material you can download:
This is just a great information site produced by US Labor Against War
Organizing Framework & Tookit includes organizational charts, Youth Permission Form, etc:
I have included just the links with regard for our dial up friends. Please use these in your diaries and blogs. They are truly inspiring. Just click to open, click on the Embed key, copy the code, and paste into your blog. It's easy.
LISTEN TO THESE MEMBERS OF 1199 SEIU TELL YOU WHY THEY ARE MARCHING. THIS IS A GREAT VIDEO: Open the link and watch the video of workers testimonies.
Diaries Posted Week Ending 9/1/2010
Black Kos, Tuesday's Chile (Check out the picture, we can do this,too)
Oxford Blue Launched the first diary about the rally. Thank You!
IMPORTANT: October 2nd: A DC March for US! (With some more info)
Yesterday's Breaking News by YoungChicagoDemocrat
Ed Shultz Will Be One of the Featured Speakers:
The media is crickets right now, or so it seems. If you have a news story, please drop the link below and I will add it to this Mother Ship diary.
Navigating the March - DC TIPS from Sarbec. Thank you Sarbec.
How to get to the March -
March activities are happening at the Lincoln Memorial. The three closest Metro stations are:
--Smithsonian (orange and blue lines), just over a mile walking, should take about 25 minutes, nice walk along the National Mall.
--Foggy Bottom (orange and blue lines), a mile walking, about 22 minutes, down 23rd St NW through/by GWU and federal buildings.
--Arlington Cemetery (blue line), just under a mile, about 15 minutes, across the Memorial Bridge.
There's not really a best way, but Arlington Cemetery will likely be less crowded.
You can also walk from L'Enfant Plaza, Federal Triangle, or Archives/Navy Memorial, though those are going to more like a 35-45 minute walk.
There's not a whole lot around the Mall, by way of food.
There is a concession stand near Lincoln, which should be open.
The museum cafes will be open, and most of them are pretty good, but they are expensive.
There should be sidewalk vendors for snacks and water.
You can bring food and drink with you as long as it's not in glass containers and no alcohol.
AND Please Do Not Litter.
Anything else, and you'll have to leave the Mall itself
(Penn Quarter is a great place to find lots of restaurants, and it's probably the closest, but it's still a good 30-45 minute walk from Lincoln).
Also, Union Station stop has some great restaurants if you don't mind a train ride.
THE VISION: Ok, this is this liberal/progressive's vision of ONWT's potential power. Our power if we are willing to work through ONWT.
A vision of the potential One Nation Working Together provides
- Get out the vote.
Imagine all the groups and organizations bringing a cogent message to all of its members, and asking all the members to help GOTV. Imagine punchy talking points easily launched via ONWT members.
- Select candidates.
We don't have to reinvent the present system; however, we all know that we have not had a strong hand in choosing primary candidates. We can change that.
- Fund raising.
Imagine ONWT (members and affiliated organization), after choosing a primary candidate that we know isn't a party hack, descended from a plutocratic family, and truly will represent US as both Democratic and Republican contenders in an election. Hey, I am up for this miracle. It's doable.
- Voting on Issues:
Imagine having the ability to truly submit our votes on a proposed piece of legislation on-line. We could put all the partisan pollsters out of business in a flash if our legion is millions of Americans.
- Local politics:
Imagine, the next time your corrupt local Mayor, etc is up for election, having your county/state ONWT team help you promote a decent candidiate to clean up your city hall. We can rebuild the electorate from the ground up, if we are organized.
- Citizen journalism:
Imagine an ONWT team in every state/town showing up at all the town meetings and State Legislatures. We can organize and make sure true reporting is done to help citizens know what is going on. Our local newspapers are being cut to the bone. We can become citizen journalists from the ground up. Let your imagination grasp this potential. Actually, NAACP has this already set up here.
Imagine the power of one central committee calling out to all members and organization when there is a service project needed in an area.
Imagine having an organized effort to organize the people to boycott a company/product/whatever that is mistreating people or doing harm to the public. We can become the Behavior Modification Squad.
- Using your amazing Daily Kos imaginations, what other powers can ONWT help us to gain?