Washington, D.C. 10-02-10
Next Saturday, October 2nd, tens of thousands of Americans from across the country will gather together at the sacred space in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the One Nation Working Together
invites you to be a part of this historic event. The coalition of ONWT, which Catholic Democrats endorses, is a social movement committed to putting America back to work and determined to build a more united country that:
- creates good jobs and opportunity for all;
- provides accessible, affordable and universal health care, and;
- affords every child a quality public education.
We know the choice we face during these mid-term elections. Ten days ago the U.S. Census Bureau
announced that last year 44 million people, one in seven Americans, were living in poverty -- the highest rate of poverty since the early 1990s. A few days later, Catholic Charities USA
released data showing a large increase since 2008 in the total number of people needing assistance.
At the same time, the Republican leadership released its "Pledge to America" this week, a manifesto that pledges to continue the expiring Bush tax cuts for the rich, while never mentioning the word poverty. The contrast couldn't be more dramatic: The Catholic Social Tradition
calls us to seek "a preferential option for the poor"; Republican priorities center on preferential options for the rich.
The One Nation Working Together
event is an opportunity to come together with people from across the country who seek common-sense policies rooted in Catholic Social Justice - policies that will continue to revitalize the economy to serve the interests of people, put the unemployed back to work and educate our children, and ensure that every American has health insurance.
The event begins at noon on Saturday, October 2nd, and ends at 4 pm. An interfaith service will precede the event starting at 11:00a.m
. Both will take place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the same hallowed ground where Martin Luther King spoke four decades ago about equality for all. Please let us know if you will be attending and forward this to any and all you think may be interested in going.
The stakes could not be higher for these mid-term elections. Join the tens of thousands of Americans who are expected to be in Washington next Saturday to rally for the kinds of policies that will help preserve the middle class and alleviate the suffering of the poor and unemployed. Learn more at One Nation Working Together
With warm regards,
Patrick Whelan MD PhD
PS Choices - and elections - have consequences. Please consider making a donation
to Catholic Democrats to help us in our combined efforts to be a voice for the voiceless at a time of both record poverty and national deficits.