By Neal Tepel
October 6, 2010
WASHINGTON – Two hundred thousand people from across the country converged on the National Mall Saturday October 2, 2010 to rally for jobs and other liberal causes. Titled One Nation Working Together was sponsored by over 500 labor and progressive organizations. The theme of Jobs, Justice, immigration reform and Education was evident throughout the event. New York local union members could be seen in every corner of the Mall as evidenced from these photos.
MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz, one of the organizers, addressed the cheering crowd by yelling “This march is about the power to the people. It is about the people standing up to the corporations. Are you ready to fight back?” He also faulted the Republicans to sending jobs overseas, telling the crowd to take back America.
“We bailed out the banks and the insurance companies. Now it’s time to bail out the American people,” urged the Rev. Al Sharpton, who drew some of the loudest cheers of the afternoon. “I hope they look at the mall, because this is what America looks like,” he added. “Not one color or one gender.”
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka continued the theme. “Promise to make your voices heard for jobs, justice, and education today and on election day,” he urged the crowd. “Our best days are ahead, not behind us, and we will fight for them, and we won’t let anyone stand in our way.”
Beyond the issue of jobs, immigration reform, education and government cutting services, the event was designed to encourage turnout for the 2010 midterm elections during a year that many Democrats are concerned with the discontent of the electorate.