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LULAC National President Margaret Moran to Address Hundreds of Thousands at the One Nation Working Together Rally

September 29, 2010

Contact: Lizette J. Olmos, 202-833-6130 ext 16

Organizers from diverse groups will be marching on October 2nd in a sign of unity

Washington, DC – Hundreds of thousands of people from all backgrounds, faiths, heritage, identities from across America have put aside their differences and come together as a united voice for jobs, justice and education. Committed to Putting America Back to Work and Pulling America Back Together, One Nation Working Together supporters will march on Washington Saturday, October 2 at noon at the Lincoln Memorial to refocus national priorities on investments in America’s people.

“This is an unprecedented group of individuals who have come together because they see a need in our country,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “We are marching with trade unions, human and civil rights organizations, youth, students, faith groups, Latinos, African American, Jewish, Native American, Asian American and everyone who have a stake in this fight for a better quality of life. We all want our fundamental right to the American dream. We are holding our elected officials accountable.”

To highlight the urgency of the One Nation Working Together movement, consider the figures released by the US Census Bureau yesterday showing that one in seven Americans – that’s 45.6 million people – lives in poverty in the United States. This is the third consecutive year of increases. African Americans saw an increase from 24.7% to 25.85%, and Hispanics living in poverty jumped from 23.2% to 25.3%.

Representing the true majority in America, the One Nation Working Together movement aims to recommit every person in the United States to the principles that this nation was founded upon: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This means that every person who wants to work should have a secure job with a livable wage, equal protections under the law, and access to excellent quality public education for all children, from pre-school through college or technical school and we must include the passage of immigration reform.

One Nation Working Together supporters and marchers demand from political, business and civic leaders A Plan for A New Economy based on secure jobs, justice and quality public education. This plan includes at least one million new jobs now including green jobs, extended unemployment support, paid sick days and family leave for all workers, fixing the broken immigration system, extending civil and human rights protections to all, ending racial profiling, curbing re-segregation attempts, completing the promise of health care reform with the public option, and ensuring that all people have access to affordable, high quality public education from pre-school through college.

Highlights of the One Nation Working Together Plan for a New Economy
We the Americans of One Nation Working Together commit to help turn our country around and refocus on:

  • Good jobs: One million new jobs now. Jobs where each voice and lifestyle are respected. Every working American is able to share fairly in the wealth he or she helps create, is able to live in a safe community and to care for her or his family.
  • A fair chance for everyone to live the American Dream. Every American, regardless of race, class, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religious background, beliefs or heritage can have the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential and live in dignity.
  • Excellent quality education from pre-kindergarten through college that is accessible and affordable to most families.
  • An America that works for us all: So that no matter what happens, the basics of life– food, shelter, medical care and education -- are never denied.
“With this march on Washington, we are serving a notice to Congress,” says Moran. “We will march now and then take that to the voting booths on Election Day. “We need and expect leadership to overcome this country’s urgent challenges. We in One Nation Working Together are stepping up.”

Please visit the One Nation Working Together website to voice your dream for this country and to join the 10-2-10 march: www.onenationworkingtogether.org. Phone 1-866-339-6321.

Note to Reporters and Editors: Additional One Nation Working Together news materials will be posted on the One Nation Working Together website.

The League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating through 880 LULAC councils nationwide

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