“The voices of division will try to divide us by race, gender, age and other ways. Those rallying here today are leading us on a path of community, of compassion and common humanity.” That’s what UAW President Bob King told almost 200,000 marchers from more than 300 unions and progressive organizations at the “One Nation Working Together” rally.
The rally, exactly one month before the important mid-term elections, drew leaders from a broad coalition of civil and human rights groups, unions, immigration advocates, gay rights groups and churches. NAACP leader Ben Jealous said we’ve come too far to be turned back now, and challenged all of us to get out and vote Nov. 2.
NWU/UAW Local 1981 gave a good showing, helping to fill six buses from NYC with sister local 2110, 2320, 259, 7902 and the UAW Education Fund. Our contingent included factory workers, auto mechanics, adjunct professors from NYU and the New School, campus workers from Columbia and Barnard, museum workers, legal aid workers and of course, freelance writers. Other NWU members participated from Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
We will carry this momentum to Election Day and beyond, carrying out the National Executive Board plans for a Young Writers Retreat, a conference for NWU Southern Writers, and advancing our campaigns to organize writers on the Content Farms, Academic Writers and Book Authors.