Even with the usual challenges of end-of-summer organizing, momentum for the One Nation Working Together mobilization in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 2nd is growing every day. New organizations – both national and local groups – are signing on. New organizing committees in cities big and small are coming together. Buses are being reserved, carpools are being organized, and people are getting ready. Without exaggeration, all signs point to the 10.2.10 mobilization being of historical proportion. To put it simply: This is one you do not want to miss!
With the long Labor Day weekend behind us, now is the time to take our organizing to the next level. What we do – what we all do – in the next few weeks will determine if 10.2.10 is one of the largest and most powerful expressions of the progressive agenda that our nation as ever seen. The peace movement has a tremendous role to play, if we step up now. We know how to turn out people: Remember the massive protests against the war in Iraq that we made happen? Those events were critically important in and of themselves, and they also laid the foundation for the work we are now engaged in.
Our work as a movement goes beyond turning out large numbers of people for an historic event. We have an opportunity to help millions of people understand how the struggle to end the wars and occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq is directly tied to the urgent need to re-direct this nation’s economic and social priorities. We can bring our clear call for cuts in military spending into the efforts to fund the needs of all of our communities, including creating millions of new, green jobs.
Making these connections will only be as strong as our presence within the One Nation Working Together movement. This means being part of the local organizing coalitions that are already in place, or building new ones in the cities where they don’t exist yet. It means turning out massive numbers of people in Washington, DC on 10.2.10. And it means helping us build the peace presence there.
1) Find out if there’s an organization coalition in your area. Click here to see a list of what’s already in place. http://www.onenationforpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/onwt-field-steering-committees-w-contact-info8-26-2010.pdf
2) If there is not a coalition, start right now to form one. If you need help, let us know by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973 666-4605.
3) Be sure to add your group’s name to the growing list of groups participating in the 10.2.10 March on Washington. http://www.onenationforpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/MAP-One-Nation-endorsement.pdf
4) Join the Peace Table of the ONWT effort.
We are the umbrella structure organizing to make sure the issues the peace movement works on every day are visible on October 2nd and a part of the overall agenda for this new movement.
5) Donate today to help support the work of the Peace Table. With a relatively small budget we can have a tremendous impact, but we need to your help now to make that possible. https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/302/t/11284/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=6535
Mail to: PO Box 607, Times Square Station, NY, NY 10108
We will soon send you more details about what will happen in Washington, DC on October 2, including how the Peace Table will make our messages a visible part of the day and how your group can help make that happen. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us at 973 666-4605.