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Join the Socialist Contingent on October 2

We March for Jobs, Peace, Justice and the Socialist
Alternative That Can Win Them

Statement of the Socialist Contingent

followed by initial endorsers and information for
Washington, DC:

Hundreds of thousands of Americans organized by labor
and civil rights organizations will gather in
Washington, D.C. on October 2 to demand a change in the
direction that our nation is heading. We are proud to
join this march to demand jobs, to demand an end to the
wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and for a
society that is fairer, more equal and more just. We
believe it important to be in the capital on that date
to help create a counterweight to Glenn Beck, the Tea
Party, and Republicans, their reactionary politics,
ruthless economics, and their racism.

We do not, however, share the goals of the AFL-CIO, the
NAACP, and other organizations which hope to achieve
jobs and justice by supporting Barack Obama and the
Democratic Party in the national elections on November
2. We believe that it has become quite clear now that
neither Democrats nor the Republicans are capable of
solving the country's three great crises-the economy,
the environment, and the wars-in a way that will be
good for the American people. The goals of a full
employment economy, real environmental sustainability,
and peace cannot be achieved by our capitalist system
and the corporations motivated only by profit. We need
a new direction toward a new system.

The two major parties have failed us. During the past
two years, the Democrats and Republicans have failed to
represent us, but they have done a fine job of
representing the banks, insurance companies, and
corporations. They saved the banks for the bankers-not
those whose homes are still threatened with foreclosure
or collapsing value. They saved the auto industry for
the auto CEOs-not for the workers whose plants have
been closed, whose health insurance contributions have
been raised, and whose wages have been lowered. They
have saved the health insurance companies by forcing
millions of Americans to buy their policies, while
denying us a single-payer plan and leaving prices
remain uncontrolled. They have saved them, but they
have not saved us.

We join the movement for this march, excited and
enthused to see the labor unions, the African American
and Latino populations, the women's, gay and lesbian
and environmental movements taking to the streets. But
we know that change can only be brought about as it has
been in every period of American history by independent
social movements. And such independent movements must
find political expression first in independent
candidates and then in a party of working people and
all in our society who suffer exploitation,
discrimination and oppression.

The organizers of this march have called it "One
Nation." The truth is we are two nations. One nation of
corporate CEOs and Bankers and their legions of high
level executives, the very wealthy of our country, and
another nation of working people, many of them now
jobless. We are two nations: the corporations who run
this country and the working people who make this
country run. We will be marching with the working class
to end a system dominated by corporations. We march
because we believe that those working people who make
the country run should run the country.

We know from American history and the history of the
world that great and progressive changes come about
only from below. We know that in modern times working
people, who stand at the center of our economy and
represent the majority of our population, represent the
crucial force capable of making the changes we need. We
also know that if we only organize movements and fail
to create an independent political force, the Democrats
will harvest all of our organizing. The fruits of our
labor will be turned against us in Congress.

So we march. We march for jobs. We march for single-
payer health care. We march for free public education
from K to Ph.D. We march for an end to our racist and
class-biased injustice system, and for equal justice
for all. We march for women's rights. We march for
legalization of all the undocumented. We march for LGBT
rights. We march for an end to the destruction of our
environment. We march for an end to the U.S. wars in
Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. We march for an end to
US support for Israel's occupation of Palestine and
blockade of Gaza. We march knowing that the things we
march for can only be achieved by abolishing capitalism
and creating a democratic socialist society. We invite
you to march with us. Join the Socialist Contingent on
October 2 in Washington, D.C.

To support and endorse the Socialist Contingent contact
us at: [log in to unmask]

Organizations:

Dan La Botz, Socialist Party campaign for U.S. Senate, Ohio
International Socialist Organization (ISO)
Solidarity: a democratic, revolutionary socialist, feminist, anti-racist organization
Socialist Alternative
Socialist Action
Socialist Party of New York City
Socialist Party of Central Virginia
Action for a Progressive Pakistan

Publications:

New Politics: A Journal of Socialist Thought
Against the Current, editors


Individuals:

*Organizations listed for listed for identification purposes only.

Cindy Sheehan, "Peace Mom," founder Peace of the Action
Steve Early, author of Embedded With Organized Labor, National Writers 
Union/UAW member
Jerry Tucker, former member, UAW International Executive Board
Nativo Vigil Lopez, National President of the Mexican American Political 
Association
Fred Magdoff, author of The Great Financial Crisis and Professor Emeritus, 
University of Vermont
Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums, Professor, Department of Creative 
Writing, U.C. Riverside
Camilo Mejía, Iraq war veteran and resister and member of IVAW
Naseer Aruri, author of Palestinian Refugees: The Right of Return and 
Chancellor Professor of Political Science (Emeritus), University of 
Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Keaanga-Yamahtta Taylor, editorial board of the International Socialist 
Review
Joanne Landy, New Politics
Victor Agosto, Afghanistan War resister and member of IVAW
Billy Wharton, Co-chairperson, Socialist Party USA
Jason Schulman, New Politics, Democratic Socialists of America National 
Political Committee
Paul Street, author of The Empire's New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real 
World of Power
Dave Zirin, Sports Editor of the Nation Magazine and author of A People's 
History of Sports
David McReynolds, former chair of War Resisters International, Socialist 
Party USA Presidential candidate in 1980 and 2000
Dahr Jamail, author Beyond the Green Zone, independent Journalist
Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq Logic of Withdrawal, editorial board of the 
International Socialist Review
Michael Hirsch, New Politics: A Journal of Socialist Thought editorial 
board, member Democratic Socialists of America
Greg Albo, Socialist Project and York University
David McNally, Professor of political science at York University
Sandy Boyer, co-host of WBAI's Radio Free Eireann and has led campaigns to 
free Irish political prisoners including the Guildford 4 and Birmingham 6.
Hunter Bear [Hunter Gray], Native rights activist, Rocky Mountains
Sebastian Budgen, Editorial Board, Historical Materialism
Solomon Comissiong, Activist, Educator, Hip Hop Historian and Independent 
Journalist
Paul D'Amato, author of The Meaning of Marxism and Managing Editor of the 
International Socialist Review
Tod Ensign, Citizen Soldier
Julie Fain, editorial board of the International Socialist Review
Sam Farber, retired professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College
Phil Gasper, Editor of The Communist Manifesto: A Roadmap to History's Most 
Important Political Document and editorial board of the International 
Socialist Review
Joel Geier, Associate Editor of the International Socialist Review
Dr. Jess Ghannam, National Coordinating Committee Chair of Al-Awda, the 
Palestine Right to Return Coalition
Thomas Harrison, New Politics
Ron Jacobs, Author and Library Worker
Brian Jones, performer of Marx and Soho and editorial board of the 
International Socialist Review
Deepa Kumar, author of Outside the Box and member of AAUP-AFT, Rutgers*
Micah Landau, New Politics
Paul LeBlanc, antiwar activist and author of Marx, Lenin and the 
Revolutionary Experience
Jesse Lemisch, Professor of History Emeritus, John Jay College of Criminal 
Justice, City University of NY
Tom Lewis, editorial board of the International Socialist Review
Traven Leyshon, President, Green Mountain Labor Council*
Alan Maass, Editor SocialistWorker.org
Scott McLemee, New Politics
Nagesh Rao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, The College of New 
Jersey, AFT Local 2364*
Bill Roberts, editorial board of the International Socialist Review
Jennifer Roesch, editorial board of the International Socialist Review
Herman Rosenfeld, Socialist Project and Labour Studies, McMaster University.
Eric Ruder, journalist for SocialistWorker.org and editorial board of the 
International Socialist Review
Kristin Schall, National Committee member, Socialist Party USA
Michael Schwartz, author of War Without End: The Iraq War in Context and 
Professor of Sociology at State University of New York at Stony Brook
Helen Scott, editor of The Essential Rosa Luxemburg and editorial board of 
the International Socialist Review
Lance Selfa, author of The Democrats: A Critical History and editorial board 
of the International Socialist Review
Stephen R. Shalom, editorial board, New Politics
Ahmed Shawki, author of Black Liberation and Socialism and Editor of the 
International Socialist Review
Ashley Smith, editorial board of the International Socialist Review
Sharon Smith, author of Subterranean Fire and Women and Socialism.
Zelig Stern, Labor Commissioner, Socialist Party USA
Elizabeth Terzakis, editorial board of the International Socialist Review
Jeff Webber, author of From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia, Professor of 
political science at the University of Regina
Lois Weiner, New Politics
Chris Williams, author of Ecology and Socialism and adjunct professor of 
Chemistry and Physical Science, Pace University, NYC; Vice President, Union 
of Adjunct Faculty at Pace; NYSUT Local 37-960*
Reginald Wilson, New Politics
Sherry Wolf, author of Sexuality and Socialism and editorial board of the 
International Socialist Review
Julia Wrigley, New Politics
Annie Zirin, editorial board of the International Socialist Review

Join us at the rally:
Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
At 12th and Constitution (NW)
Washington, D.C.


Following the rally, 5PM:

Join the `Socialism for the 21st Century' forum with Dan La Botz, 
Keaanga-Yamahtta Taylor and others.
Location TBA:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=130523846996239&ref=ts


For more information and updates visit:
http://socialistcontingentoct2.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=143310705712188&ref=ts

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