Sunday, October 3, 2010

This is America: The 10-2-10 One Nation March

Yesterday, I attended the One Nation March.  Unlike the Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" March or even Rev. Al Sharpton's "Reclaim the Dream" March, this march truly reflected America's beautiful racial and ethnic diversity. There were whites, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans. Teacher unions, labor unions, civil rights groups, environmental groups, peace groups and LGBT groups joined the march.

The general theme was jobs, justice, education and peace. The main goal of the march was to motivate progressives to remain engaged in the political process. Hopefully, more people will be inspired to participate in the most important march, the march to the polls on November 2, 2010. If we do not turnout for that march, our gains such as health care reform, may be eliminated by a Republican dominated House and Senate. The President's relatively progressive agenda will be obstructed if the Republicans and their extremist Tea Party wing win control. We must fight them with every ounce of our energy.

However, voting is not the end of the process. We must continue to push the President and Congress to address problems such as unemployment, poverty and war.

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