WASHINGTON -- Glenn Beck had his turn at the Lincoln Memorial. Now, the opposing view.
Thousands of unionized workers and social activists from Massachusetts will be rolling down to the nation’s capital to join a progressive throng Saturday.
Sixty buses will depart Friday evening from cities across the Commonwealth, bound for an early morning arrival at the RFK stadium parking lot in the District of Columbia, according to a press release issued by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, a big union based in New York which also has a large presence in Boston.
From RFK (which is now home to DC United, the soccer team, since the departure of the Redskins for FedEx Field in Maryland), the Bay State demonstrators will be given Metro cards and reminders of what bus they were on and dispatched via subway to the National Mall.
Not to be confused with Jon Stewart’s "Rally to Restore Sanity’’ on Oct. 30, the Saturday gathering is dubbed "One Nation Working Together.’’ It is billed as a forum to demand jobs, justice, and education.
It also could help Democrats infuse some energy into their dispirited troops. Environmentalists, civil rights volunteers, and anti-war protesters are expected to be among the tens of thousands converging for the event.
“We are facing unprecedented economic and social challenges in this country,” said George Gresham, president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, in a press release. “Unemployment and recession, struggling public school systems, and recent attempts to take away basic civil and human rights compel us to come together and act.”
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