One Nation Working Together: An Insider’s View

One Nation Working Together: An Insider’s View


With the One Nation Working Together rally looming on the horizon, Politic365 had the opportunity to sit down with Garlin Gilchrist, II, Director of New Media for the Center for Community Change, to get an insider’s view about what this movement is all about.

On October 2, 2010, more than 500 progressive organizations, including human and civil rights groups like the National Urban League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the National Action Network, various unions and trade associations, non-profit associations, religious groups, environmental organizations, and tens of thousands of Americans are expected to converge on the lawn of the Lincoln Memorial in this rally for change.

Garlin took the time to demistify what this movement was all about, and to explain how important it is at this point in our nation’s history.

“On Saturday, October 2nd, the One Nation Working Together march is really about showing how broad, how diverse, and yet how united the progressive movement is,” he said.

“We’re bringing people from all areas of the progressive movement – everyone from civil rights, immigrant rights, environmental justice, people working on jobs and the economy, people working on green jobs and communities – we’re bringing all these different subsets of the progressive left together to say that we can all work together for one united nation that’s really here to serve the best interests of all people, not just the special interests.”

According to Gilchrist, “there are three real pillars [of the movement]- jobs, education and justice.”

“Regarding jobs, we want to make sure that everyone who wants to work and is able to work has a job that pays them at least a living wage, that pays them good benefits, so that they can take care of themselves and their families,” he explained.

“Education, because we all know how important education is to the future of our country, to the future of our economy.  We want to make sure that our education system is sound, strong and is improving, because there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in education,” he noted.

“And, finally, justice is where we bring everything together,” said Gilchrist.  “So, justice means meaking sure that all people are treated fairly, that all people have equal opportunities to do whatever it is their dreams desire.  So that means making sure that people not only have access to jobs and education, but also that immigrants are treated fairly and are really able to be a full part of this country and have a pathway to citizenship.”

“It means that we treat our environment fairly, that we no longer destroy our environment irresponsibly for corporate reasons.  But we actually think about how we can work together with our environment, with this thing that God gave us, to make sure that it can treat us well, and we can treat it well back.”

“Then also, everything from equality – tlaking about LGBT issues, making sure that they’re treated fairly, making sure that people with disabilities are really treated fairly, making sure that they’re whole members of society.  So, this justice angle is really about inclusion, making sure that all of us can really come together and work together so that we can be one nation.”

When asked what he thought about media attempts to classify this rally as an anti-Tea Party movement, Garlin said that he thinks “that’s an over simplification.  Media tends to do that.”

“This is really not about the Tea Party,” he said.  “This is about America. This is about bringing people together who have a positive vision for what America can be, not the Tea Party, which is all about negativity, about hatred, about discrimination, about racism.  And we’re not about that, we’re about bringing America together with positive energy and a positive agenda for a positive future.”

The One Nation Working Together rally starts at 12:00 pm on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at the Lincoln Memorial, and is expected to last until 4:00 pm.


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  2. I love the propaganda of putting up an old photo of people at the Mall with the article. The liberal agenda is going down…the use of such propaganda is illustrative of the manipulation used by these entities. The only thing I can feel is being used and manipulated by the liberal agenda to destroy the country from within.

    Remember November.

  3. Merl
    We are looking forward to marching for jobs, education and justice today. There are so many people struggling
    to make it in this great country of ours.
    Can't wait to hear what Ed has to say; We know it will be inspiring.

  4. Sorry that I couldn't be with you, however you marchers will be in my thoughts and prayers throughout the day. So many negative things have been said about us working folks tnat its time we take back America and put Americans back to work. Thank God for unions and what they stand for. Thank God for progressives who care about this country and the people in it.

  5. The Communist / Socialist / Marxist morons have begun to gather on the mall. It's funny they actually say they believe in God. You cna not belive in faith and the Lord if you are a progressive. The two are opposites! I can;t wait to hear the lies and hatred and anger and racism that will eb on display today. That's what this "gathering" is all about! If you take part in it you are either too stupid to know the differance or you truly hate this country.

  6. propaganda yea shure who we talking about fox news americas finest propaganda factory beck, hannity, rush and the rest are allways claiming that if u dissagree with obama or anybody black for that matter that your a rascist when in reality if you disagree with them your now a communist or anti american

  7. Honesty is not any of their concern … just propaganda … like the "protest" march by Al Sharpton the day Beck had his march. I think Beck is somewhat of a nut job but at least his supporters came on their own and weren't bussed in by their union bosses.

  8. Not to mention that the pic used above is a total hatchet job in photoshop.
    God bless us all for living in a country where have the right and freedom to assemble.
    While the 8/28 Rally focused on a single message: Bringing God, Faith Hope and Charity to the forefront of our lives as Americans. It seems that the 10/2 Rally is mainly focused on numbers and photo ops for the MSM.
    Searching to 10 minutes to find any news coverage for this event… I have found only "what will be" not what's happening now 10/2 Saturday afternoon. Main Stream media where are you?
    I challenge anyone to find one negative message in the "Pit of Hate Rally" (thanks NPR) on 8/28. We'll do a side by side comparison with the 10/2 Rally on Monday.
    Good luck guys.

  9. Gambling on Iraq Oil Again : A Drop in the Bucket Vs. Growing Population & Demand World-wide. The Age of Cheap Oil = A Thing of the Past.
    1. At this time, it looks like the oil-friendly country is gambling on Iraq oil again, citing a big government & deficit, and therefore the world-wide stimulus package worth trillions and health care reform in America are now at stake.
    2. Of the money by the money for the money is getting a society nowhere near prosperity.
    Gambling on party of "no idea" is sure to be much like Throwing an Egg of Economy Against a Rock.

    The most promising deficit-cut of government : Slashing the destructive war & military waste
    1. Slashing the destructive war & military waste alone supposedly could be enough to balance the budget.
    Energy Independence : An Only Way to Desperately-Needed Job Growth
    My response to the question : where are jobs ?
    In the trade deficit, exactly in the severe and persistent oil money spill, taboo of " do not add to the deficit" party.
    Under the existing Bush tax cut for bonus parties, a sole job plan for the republicans, the country already saw millions of job cuts.

  11. They want to make sure those who want to work are able to work. And, in keeping with socialist, Marxist standards, those who don't want to work will mooch off the government. Environmental justice? Really? Progressives and liberals really have their priorities screwed up. They actually embrace big government and its interference into their daily lives. Unlike conservatives, who love freedom and opportunity, progressives and liberals think of nothing all day but how to stop working and get the government to pick up their tabs. Lefties truly are fascinating and funny creatures.

  12. WOW!! Was that picture at the top of the page actually taken at the rally? If so, you guys REALLY showed Glenn Beck how to put on a rally!! I bet the tea baggers are quivering in their boots about now. I wasn't able to attend the rally but followed it as closely as I could. had some really good coverage too.

  13. Oops!! A little photographic misdirection here? Seems there's been quite a redesign of the Lincoln Memorial Mall since Glenn Becks Restoring Honor rally. Anyone else notice the difference?
    Guess they must have used a bunch of the stimulus money to rebuild all the buildings on the left side of the reflecting pool treeline.

    Too bad they couldn't have used some of that money for some color film as well.

    Phony bastards.

  14. If that picture were indeed from yesterday, even if it was black and white, those trees would not have their leaves or at least they would be a lighter shade than black…this is disgusting…. long live the empire!

  15. Thank you all for your feedback. The picture above is actually from the original March on Washington. It was selected as the picture for this article as it is the image used in the various branding materials associated with yesterday's rally. What are some of your thoughts about the rally itself? Any impressions from on the ground?

    • I would be willing to bet a couple of paychecks that the people at the rally in the B/W photo above left the mall immaculately clean compared to yesterday's slobfest.

    • RAPH, it is unfortunate that so much litter was left on the site of the rally. Hopefully a clean up effort ensued shortly thereafter. However, the members of the Politic365 staff did not take part in the event, so I'd ask you to avoid blanket generalizations, but I do appreciate you sharing the photos. Did you attend the rally?

      • “Unfortunate” Kristal? Unfortunate?

        No, not unfortunate, disgusting.

        This is a perfect example of the entitlement mentality that is pervasive on the left. Your fellow travelers “feel” entitled to trash public AND private property in many cases and then expect someone else to clean up after them. Total disrespect for others property and it shows no self respect as well.

        You must be proud to be associated with them.

        I have attended many rallies for both right and left as a photographer and observer and have NEVER seen the grounds of a Tea Party rally left in the condition that your comrades do. But then, they don’t expect someone to clean up after them. They take responsibility for their actions knowing that other people will want to go to places like the Lincoln Memorial without having to navigate around plastic bottles and trash after they have gone.

        “Hopefully a clean up effort ensued shortly thereafter.”

        Again, a typical liberal response. Well, OF COURSE it did. Would YOU let someone come into your home and trash it and then just let them go on their merry way? Or would you just “hope” someone would clean up the mess they made?

        SOMEONE takes pride in the way our memorials appear to its visitors and THEY are the ones that had to clean up the pig sty left by the oh so sensitive and “environmentally conscious” left.

        But you can bet it wasn’t done by any of the union thugs that attended the rally. But the National Park Service employees, who ARE Federal union members, did have to clean up, paid with taxpayer dollars of course. Maybe that was the point, as I stated earlier, to make sure that their union brothers and sisters in the NPS had work after the rally. But then I guess I’m just being judgemental. I’m sure that the members of the Communist Party USA, who seemed to be an integral and celebrated part of the rally, were more than happy to assist in the cleanup effort.

        In a pigs eye.

        I apologize for including Politic365 in my generalization of attendees but your implicit approval of the presence of groups such as the Communist Party USA, International Socialist Organization, Detroit Democratic Socialists of America, Democratic Socialists of America, Committee of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, just a few of the “sponsors” of the rally that you speak so highly of, puts you and your organization squarely in the camp of those who would subvert the Constitution and turn this country into yet another failed socialist state. The list of the sponsors reads like a Who’s Who of leftist, socialist, Communist, progressive victim groups with whom I would be ashamed to be associated.

        You asked if I had attended the rally. In a word, no. Simply stated, I’ve been to enough leftist rallies to know exactly what is going to be said and who will be saying it. Of all that I have attended, I have, not one time, heard anyone proclaim the virtues of this country. Not one time have I heard anyone tell the masses about responsibility for their actions, the opportunities that are afforded here to pursue the dreams that can only be obtained here. Not one time did I hear of the exceptionalism that is the United States, the sacrifices that must be faced to be successful, the fact that through hard work and sacrifice, one can rise to heights unattainable anywhere else on Earth.

        What I have heard though, is how racist and bigoted this country is. Race baiting and victimhood are central points at most. How, on one hand, it’s the governments fault that some cannot succeed but on the other hand, it is government that should guarantee success or at the very least “equality”. That people are victimized by every possible business or corporation or “right wing” or religious (Christian) group. Even President Obama said that “at some point you’ve made enough money” and is on record supporting “spreading the wealth” although I have my doubts as to how much of his wealth he is willing to spread around.

        No, Kristal, as the old saying goes, “You don’t need a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows”.

        The great Martin Luther King must weep when he sees examples of the “content of their character” as displayed by the pigs at the very site of that speech so eloquently delivered.

  16. It's a shame that greenies are such slobs. I knew union people were slobs, but now my bubble has burst about greenies. I knew greenies weren't very bright, but slobs ! Never! Wrong!

  17. Taken right from the article…

    'This is about America. This is about bringing people together who have a positive vision for what America can be, not the Tea Party, which is all about negativity, about hatred, about discrimination, about racism.'

    Direct quote from, Garlin Gilchrist, II, Director of New Media for the Center for Community Change

    Looks like tolerance, acceptance, and understanding is reserved for those who agree with you.

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