50th ANNIVESARY MARCH ON WASHINGTON: Saturday, August 24, 2013

MLK MARCH ON WASHINGTON

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON!

Lincoln Memorial
2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW
20037 Washington, DC

Reserve your seat online NOW!

EVENT DETAILS: For folks in the New York City area.

50th anniversary on the march on washington

Join the First Corinthian Baptist Church as they partner with the National Action Network to journey to DC to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

To reserve a seat on the FCBC bus the down-payment is $10. The total cost is $50, with the final payment due August 4th.

All buses leave for Washington @3am Saturday, August 4 and leave from Washington after the rally at 4pm.

Buses will depart for Washington from FCBC, located at 1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. (at W 116th St) Harlem, New York.

See further details of the march here.

For questions about 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON please contact Betty Davis at [email protected]

Category: Social Justice

All denominations invited!

Join the March on Washington to commemorate the March for Jobs and Freedom led by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 years ago.

Labor Fight Back calls for jobs and freedom for all, defend and expand Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, respect and protect workers’ rights and restore and expand voting rights.

Fifty years ago, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. led a great March for JOBS and FREEDOM on Washington that demanded:

“A massive federal program to train and place all unemployed workers—Negro and white—on meaningful and dignified jobs at decent wages.

“A national minimum wage act that will give all Americans a decent standard of living. (Government surveys show that anything less than $2.00 [$15.23 at May 2013 prices] an hour fails to do this.)”

Shockingly, most working people are worse off today than in the 1960s:

Employment statistics today are clearly worse. Thanks to the Great Recession, the national unemployment rate still hovers at 7.6 percent; in 1963 it was 5.7 percent. But that is only part of the picture. Part-time workers who want full-time work are on the rise. And even worse, the number of those who have completely given up hope of finding a job has increased precipitously: in 1954, 96 percent of U.S. men between 25 and 54 years old worked but today that number has dropped to 80 percent. When all these sectors of unemployed or partially employed are combined and only those men who are unemployed but want work are included, the unemployment rate jumps to 16 percent.

In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, the government instituted job programs and put millions to work. [A few days ago] President Obama announced that it is not the government’s job to create the needed number of jobs. In fact, the Obama administration has advocated a totally inadequate plan that would provide less than two million new jobs.

Compounding these dire circumstances, social safety net programs, like food stamps and unemployment compensation, including for those suffering long-term joblessness, have been cut across the board on the national, state, and local levels and will likely be cut again, especially in light of the recent decision by the House to push through a farm bill without food stamps.

Whatever recovery there has been from the Great Recession has resulted in income gains concentrated at the top. This division in economic gains is not new. It extends and reinforces the trend toward Gilded Age inequality that has been going on for four decades. In 2010, 93 percent of all new income that was created went to the wealthiest 1 percent of the population.

The attacks on African Americans and people of color have continued unabated, as witnessed by the brutal murder of Trayvon Martin and the exoneration of his killer. This on top of the June 25 Supreme Court decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act.

It’s high time for all victims of austerity cuts, potential victims of further cuts in the near and long-term future — particularly low-income and poor people — along with communities of color, students, environmentalists and other sectors of the population reeling from the deteriorating conditions under which we live to come together to fight collectively for our rights and achieve a new wave of social progress.March for jobs

We demand that the federal government create tens of millions of good paying jobs to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, protect the environment, and rehire laid-off teachers and other essential public workers.

source: Popular Resistance

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Amy Conton is a freelance writer and graphic designer living in New York, USA.

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