One Nation Working Together: March With Us

One Nation Working Together: Sign up now for this historic march on Washington Oct 2, 2010

This is a guest post by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. See the video of her stirring presentation on engaging community at Tides Momentum 2009 Leadership Conference.

On October 2, something special is going to happen. Everyday Americans from all walks of life will come together to take a step past the divisiveness that has plagued our country and towards a tomorrow built on a shared vision of prosperity. It is the One Nation Working Together march, and I hope you will be a part of it. Tides is the fiscal sponsor for One Nation Working Together providing it with operational infrastructure services.

I will be at the march with my organization, Green For All. Our mission is to create the job opportunities that the entire country is clamoring for. We want everyone to have the chance not only to work, but to work at a well paid, high-quality job that is healthy for workers, for communities, and for the planet.

For too long, American parents have been stuck choosing between unhealthy jobs that put food on the table on the one hand and a life free of both pollution and employment on the other. In America, in 2010, no one should have to make that choice.

To leave such no-win situations behind us, we must find a way forward that improves the lives of ALL working Americans, from the white coal miner in West Virginia to the single Latina mother in South Central Los Angeles. That is why the One Nation Working Together march is such a great opportunity. Hundreds of thousands of people will bear testament to the fact that we have more in common than we have setting us apart.

Together, we will call for three of the most basic things that every working family needs and deserves: work, education, and a fair shake.

First, it's time to put America back to work. Providing relief and opportunity for those Americans struggling to find family-supporting employment is essential. Second, it's time to provide a quality, affordable public education for every American child. A good education is a key to life success; every parent deserves the chance to provide one for his or her child. Third, it is time to reinvigorate our commitment to the most basic American principle: that all are created equal, with certain inalienable rights. Low-income communities, communities of color, and other vulnerable communities need to have full and equal access to the opportunities of today and tomorrow.

Good, green jobs are a part of this vision. But they are only one part. At Green For All, we know that all of our fates are bound together, and that the only way for us all to do well is to lift each other up. When we go to Washington on October 2, it will not be just as a leading national green jobs organization. It will be as one nation, working together.

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins is the CEO of Green For All, a national organization working to build a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

One Response to “One Nation Working Together: March With Us”

  1. Jan of Maine says:

    This was a march I should have been in a national group I am part of JOBS went. And the Maine Peace group went. But I had neither the MONEY,time, nor energy. It was just $35 a person to ride the bus. Being one of the poor $35 often seems like $350.

    Since this is my first time posting I will do a brief intro. I volunteerly work in the anti poverty/homeless field since 1983. I have survived 55 of my 60 year below the LOW Federal Level of poverty. And as UNDERPAID 90% of all Americans I am underpaid.

    Part of the reason I lack the energy to have been in the march, is I am one of the point persons building a conference on OCt 30 for American Economic Human Rights in Augusta Maine.

    In the words of my favorite childhood poet WE work with wornout tools. We do not know if we will have enough funds to reimburse the poor who attend. So a hand full of us is trying to raise donations for our greatest expenses Copies and Food, and reimbursement to allow the other poor to attend.

    Of course one thing this march failed to mention was the forgotten cuz of Human rights-Economic Human Rights, for Americans.

    Our conference will call for states and Human Rights groups to recognize Economic rights for Americans as well as immigrants. One of the groups in the march were immigrants.

    We must treat others with respect is our forming call of the year and 12 year old group called Maine Poor People's ECONOMIC Human Rights Coalition. After MLK jr group.

    Anyone wanting our information, to exchange ideas write to MPPEHRC PO BOX 105 Fairfield ME. 04937

    And a point to recall is often us rich of spirit cannot afford to speak out.

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