OCT 2: One Nation March in Washington DC - GET A SEAT ON THE BUS

Working people are frustrated and angered by the inability of lawmakers to stop the massive loss of jobs and decline in living standards, while Republicans-and some Democrats-freely hand over the economy to corporations that are growing richer and more powerful each day.

To help renew the American Dream for everyone, some 200 progressive groups, including the Vermont and national AFL-CIO,Vermont Workers Center - Jobs With Justice, labor and civil rights, environmental, immigrants rights, US Labor Against the War and other peace organizations, have come together in One Nation.

One Nation is a multi-racial, civil and human rights movement whose mission is to reorder our nation's priorities to invest in our nation's most valuable resource-our people. One Nation is holding an Oct. 2 rally at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with 100s of thousands of working people taking part.


We plan to run vans and a car pool leaving about 6 p.m. Friday evening Oct. 1st down to meet the buses in Albany, NY. We may also car pool from Brattleboro to meet buses in Springfield, MA. You would be back in Vermont very early Sunday a.m. We are seeking contributions to make the cost of transport down to Albany or Springfield free.

At its Aug. 4-5 meeting in Washington, D.C., the AFL-CIO Executive Council issued a statement supporting One Nation and saying we must fight the fear mongering and scapegoating that is dividing our country.

We have to fight this hateful demagoguery that only benefits our foes, and we can't do it alone. History has taught us that the best way to fight the forces of hatred is to address the economic policies that led to our economic suffering, and that our fight must draw its strength from an alliance of the poor and the middle class-everyone who works for a living.

Speaking at Harvard University, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka warned that massive unemployment and growing inequality threaten our democracy. Saying "the stakes couldn't be any higher," Trumka told the mostly student audience:

If you care about defending our country against the apostles of hate, you need to be part of the fight to rebuild a sustainable, high wage economy built on good jobs-the kind of economy that can only exist when working men and women have a real voice on the job

The organizations that form One Nation support the union movement's agenda of an economy that works for all; good jobs, fair jobs, safe jobs, and more jobs; reforming Wall Street; repairing our immigration system; quality education for every child; and ensuring that everyone in America has the opportunity to contribute to and strengthen our country, according to the statement:

The Council statement also issues a rallying cry to workers:

Working people can make a difference when we rely on ourselves and act collectively.

*For what we could and should be doing in Vermont to create good jobs, see the video podcast:

Organizing to Meet the Job Crisis

We speak with Anja Rudiger of National Economic & Social Rights Initiative and Jeff Thompson with Political Economy Research Institute on the issues surrounding jobs. View at: http://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/organizing-meet-job-crisis

and Equal Time radio's audio podcast: Economic Development in New England: A Positive Growth Agenda
Jeffrey Thompson, PERI Research Professor, author of a new study: Prioritizing Approaches to Economic Development in New England: Skills, Infrastructure, and Tax Incentives, explains that investing in areas at the core of the public sector mission - providing education and maintaining infrastructure - are effective at creating jobs in the short term and building prosperous economies over the long term; that the tax cuts and business-subsidies approach to economic development, on the other hand, does little to create jobs in the short run, and is not the most effective approach to generating growth over the long term. Download audio file or listen at: http://equaltimeradio.com/?q=node/273