One Nation Working Together Program Focuses on Issues, Mobilization and Everyday People

Oct 02, 2010, 07:37 ET from One Nation Working Together

Unfamiliar faces and familiar leaders unite in rallies from Lincoln Memorial to cities and towns across America for jobs, justice and public education

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Exactly one month before voters head to the polls for this year's mid-term elections, a broad breadth of people from across the country head to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to participate in the One Nation Working Together march on Washington.  Those gathered on the mall include the employed and unemployed, union workers and environmentalists, familiar civil rights leaders and unfamiliar faith leaders, veterans of war and veterans of the 1963 March on Washington, immigrants and Native Americans, peace leaders and student leaders, LGBT community and senior citizens as well as those from big cities and small towns -- all who believe in the American Dream.  The march will extend beyond the Lincoln Memorial to cities and towns throughout the Nation hosting similar activities in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as well as extensive online activity.

One Nation Working Together is a movement of people from every state in our union, from diverse backgrounds and hometowns that make America strong.  Our future depends on a strong economy, which is inextricably linked to good jobs and quality public education. We are committed to pulling America together and putting America back to work.

"On 10.2.10, thousands of people who traveled by buses, blogmobile, planes, trains, cars, and local transportation will be in Washington to share their concerns on issues they care deeply about -- jobs, justice and public education," said Leah Daughtry, campaign director of the One Nation Working Together march.  "The program is designed to showcase visually and verbally why people are here -- and what this march means to their lives and to their futures."

Focused on amplifying the voices of progressives while inspiring and re-energizing a strong sense of civic engagement, the pre-rally interfaith service and march program includes a mix of mobilizing messages interspersed with music and moments of laughter.  A series of remarks addressing jobs, public education and justice will be delivered by uncommon pairings of people representing different views and communities but united by a common goal.  The program moderators are television and radio personalities.  

As the rally ends, the ongoing civic engagement begins.  Those gathered will be asked to make the 10.2.10 pledge:  call 10 people; recruit 2 friends to make more calls; and commit to 10 volunteer hours to getting out the vote.

Highlights of the overall program are outlined below.

11:00 am EDT

Pre-Rally Interfaith Service:  11:00 - 11:45 am EDT


This program includes the blowing of the shofar, sacred readings by faith leaders and musical selections.



12:00 pm

Rally Program: 12-4:00 pm EDT


Opening:  Moderators DJ Reborn and Ed Schultz


Pledge of Allegiance


Star Spangled Banner (Opera singer Angela Brown)


Historical Reading:  "Why We March"


Performance:  Urban National Choir


Video:  Jobs


Historical Speech:  "I Have a Dream"



12:30 pm

Jobs Segment


Historical reading by Wendell Pierce


Remarks:  Mary Kay Henry and Jackie Johnson


Performance:  Black Ice


Remarks:  Van Jones and Gayl Caul


Remarks:  Rev. Al Sharpton and Lindsay McCluskey


Performance:  Charlie Hill


Remarks:  Larry Cohen and Barbara Elliot


Remarks:  Richard Trumka and Diana Ortiz


Remarks:  Ellie Flores and Bishop Garrison


Remarks:  Min. Lisa O'Reiley and Father Simon Bautista



1:30 pm

Public Education/Civil Rights Segment:  Moderator Tom Joyner


Education Video


Historical Cesar Chavez Speech Reading:  Harry Belafonte


Performance:  "America the Beautiful" by Frederic Yonnet


Remarks:  Ben Jealous and Marian Wright Edelman


Remarks:  Deepak Bhargava and Colin Whited


Performance:  Paul Rodriguez


Remarks:  Dennis Van Roekel and Wade Henderson


Historical Harvey Milk Speech Reading:  Victoria Rowell


Remarks:  Randi Weingarten and Rev. Freddie Haynes


Performance: Beau Sia


Remarks:  Margaret Moran and Greg Cendana


Video:  Justice



2:30 pm

Justice Segment:  Moderator Joe Madison


Performance:  Julissa


Video:  Environment


Remarks:  Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins and Bob King


Remarks:  Hiawatha Brown and Bill McKibben


Performance:  Alix Olson


Remarks:  Rev. Jesse Jackson and Yves Gomes


Performance


Remarks:  Janet Murguia and Iman Malik Mujahid


Historical Speech Reading


Remarks:  George Gresham and Liz Allen


Remarks:  Luis Gutierrez and Darlene Nipper


Historical Remarks: Why We March Call to Action


Performance:  One Nation Under a Groove by George Clinton Band



The program ends at 4:00 p.m.

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