Organized labor and civil rights groups are looking to energize their supporters with a rally at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where a month ago tea party activists gathered to hear conservative commentator Glenn Beck.This rally wasn't set in motion until after Beck drew hundreds of thousands, but the Washington Post tells us it's been planned for months.
More than 400 organizations, ranging from labor unions to faith, environmental and gay rights groups, expected tens of thousands of activists to participate in Saturday's "One Nation Working Together" rally.
With a month of campaigning to go and voter unhappiness high, the Democratic-leaning groups are banking that the four-hour program of speeches and entertainment will unify the activists who are crucial if Democrats are to retain their majorities in the House and Senate.
Progressive groups hope to draw tens of thousands of supporters to the Mall on Saturday and create a show of force that will rival the conservative tea party movement.So if it's been planned for months, why have groups only signed on recently? The aptly named Ben Jealous explains.
The One Nation Working Together march is the culmination of months of planning begun by civil rights organizations and labor unions. In recent weeks, more than 400 supporting groups have signed on to the rally, which is to span four hours and feature speeches, poetry and musical entertainment.
NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, a lead organizer of the event, has said it will be the most "diverse march in the nation's history."Most diverse march in our history? Sure. We've got the left, hard left, far left, kook left, angry left and leftover left. Sure seems diverse to me.
The groups backing the march - including the National Council of La Raza, the NAACP, the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union, USAction and the U.S. Student Association - hope to make a strong statement in response to conservative commentator Glenn Beck's rally in August. That gathering partly filled the Mall with tens of thousands of his supporters, and tea party groups across the country have held anti-tax rallies.SEIU, La Raza and the AFL-CIO. Real diversity there.
The rally has stirred a rivalry between Beck's supporters and One Nation. In recent days, both sides have been slinging mud. Beck spent a segment of his Fox News show decrying the march - and pointing out that among the more than 400 groups that have signed on are the Communist Party USA and the New York City Democratic Socialists of America.One thing you can be sure of s the media will wildly overstate the amount of people who show up and the coverage will all be very positive.