“Fast-food strikes scheduled for August 29, day after March on Washington” 2


NBC NEWS/THE GRIO

By Carrie Healey

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Fast Food (Photo credit: SteFou!)

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On August 29th, the day after the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, fast-food workers around the nation are planning to strike for better pay and working conditions

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Workers going on strike are demanding $15 an hour wages, mirroring the demand for $2 an hour the organizers of the 1963 march made.

The average fast-food employee earns minimum wage.

In New York City minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

“It’s noisy, it’s really hot, fast, they rush you,” McDonald’s employee Nathalia Sepulveda told theGrio in late July during a previous fast-food walkout.  ”Sometimes you don’t even get breaks. All for $7.25? It’s crazy.”

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average wage for combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast-food, is $8.68 an hour.

“I’ve been spending time with these fast food workers, retail workers,” President of the NAACP Ben Jealous said on MSNBC Sunday.  ”Folks are making $7.25″

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‘The moment we’d all been waiting for’: March attendees remember King’s historic ‘dream’ speech 1


NBC NEWS

By Tracy Jarrett, NBC News contributor

Fifty years ago, more than 200,000 people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. NBC News asked six African-Americans who attended the march to share their memories of that day and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech – and how they’ve passed on King’s message to the next generation.

Jack White, 67, Journalist

Richmond, Virginia

In August of 1963, I was just out of high school and had a lot of curiosity about the civil rights movement. I grew up in Washington, a segregated city, and until 1954, I’d attended segregated schools.

On the day of the March on Washington, I put on a sport coat and a tie; it was sweltering hot. People were just more formal then.

The powers that be were afraid of violence – can’t have all those Negroes there without trouble! – but it was the opposite. People were peaceful, respectful. Joyous and reverent would describe the mood.

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his famous speech it was all echoes to me. Still, I knew it was a historic moment because I could feel it in the crowd – this was the moment we’d all been waiting for.

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“Now That We Have Marched, Let’s Get to Work”


HUFFINGTON POST

By Rev. Al Sharpton

This past Saturday, approximately 175,000 to 200,000 people gathered and marched in Washington, D.C. to call attention to the civil rights challenges of our time. When Martin Luther King III and I called for this rally, it was widely assumed that we would not be able to get even 100,000 to participate. Those naysayers couldn’t have been more wrong. At a time when so many Americans are gravely concerned about voting rights, jobs, gun violence and safety, hundreds of thousands traveled from across the country to join us because they understand the fierce urgency of now. While we acknowledge progress achieved during the last 50 years, we are not blind to the great injustices of today. On Wednesday, President Obama and others will commemorate the ‘March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.’ We will be a part of that celebration, but we remain passionate about the continuation of the actualization of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s dream that was represented on Saturday. Our work is far from over, but we, the people, are re-energized to tackle injustice head on.

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“THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON”


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1963 ARC Identifier 49737 / Local Identifier 306.3394. Scenes from Civil Rights March in Washington, D.C., August 1963. People walking up sidewalk; gathering on Mall, standing, singing. Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, crowd gathered on the Mall. People marching with signs, many men wearing UAW hats. People at speakers podium, men with guitars. Crowds outside of the White House, sign: The Catholic University of America. Band, people marching down street. Many signs, including All D.C. wants to vote! Home Rule for DC; Alpha Phi Alpha; and Woodstock Catholic Seminary for Equal Rights. Lincoln Memorial with crowds gathered around reflecting pool. People singing and clapping at speakers platform. Signs, people clapping. Man speaking, woman playing guitar and singing at podium. More speakers and shots of the crowd. A chorus, NAACP men in crowd. Close-ups of people in crowd with bowed heads. Shots taken from above of White House. More speakers, including Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Women at podium singing We Shall Overcome. Crowd swaying, singing, holding hands. U.S. Information Agency. (1982 – 10/01/1999) Made possible by a donation from Public.Resource.Org.

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Lord, send us someone to lead us in a March on Washington . . . 1


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Martin Luther King – I Have A Dream

Lord, send us someone to lead us in a march on Washington to take our country back from Washington power brokers who have robbed the people of  “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  Bless us with a happy and prosperous future, again. Daily, Lord, you see Republicans dismantling the freedoms and rights our ancestors fought and died for. The GOP plots to take over government from coast to coast and take food out of the mouths of the poor, take jobs from the downtrodden, take the right to vote from the black man, take away the right of women to make their own decisions about their bodies and reproductive life, to invalidate the belief that all men and women are equal, etc.  You gave us President Barack Obama who is fighting to protect us and make changes while working on the inside. Lord, we need a charismatic leader, black or white, who can inspire young and old to throw off their belief that “47 per cent”  of Americans don’t matter and begin to believe that if all of us little people pull together as one, we can rock Washington, DC and make the Congress work for the people again and once again adopt negotiation as the touchstone for solving problems creating good and just law. Lord, this war on women and other minorities must stop!  Gays and lesbians are Your children, too. Lord, You saw all the evil and ugliness of the last election.  We need Your divine help, Jesus, to make America, America again.  Your grateful and faithful believers ask for these blessings in Your name.  Amen.  [G.O.W.]

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PEOPLE WE NEED MASSIVE, SMART AND COORDINATED PROTESTS – A MARCH ON WASHINGTON TO SHOCK CONGRESS INTO DOING WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT…AND THROW OFF THE SHACKLES OF THE FORCES OF EVIL


IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE GOVERNMENT YOU HAVE:

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PROTEST!

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JOIN A NEW “MARCH ON WASHINGTON”

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DC IS DEAF – SHOUT!

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GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS!

ABC NEWS

By SUZANNE GAMBOA Associated Press

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“Just as they were announcing plans for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, black and civil rights leaders learned the Supreme Court had kicked back to a lower court a case challenging the use of race in college admissions.

That and other key cases before the Supreme Court connected to race and civil rights, the leaders said Monday, is why the five days of events marking the historic march this August will not simply be a commemoration.

One of the events, Aug. 24, will be a march from the Lincoln Memorial to the King Memorial in Washington and a rally by civil and human rights organizations.

“It is the intent of those that come together to make it clear that this is not just a nostalgia visit, that this is not a commemoration but a continuation and a call to action,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who head the National Action Network. “We are in a climate that is threatening too much of what was achieved 50 years ago.”

“I Don’t Feel No-Ways Tired”

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