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Washington, DC: One Nation Comes Together

Tens of thousands of Americans - including AFSCME members - gathered last fall in Washington, DC, to deliver a message of change. The One Nation March brought union members, social activists, and human and civil rights leaders committed to good jobs.

One Nation Rally
Standing Together (Photo credit: Peter Holden)

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Tens of thousands of Americans - including AFSCME members - gathered last fall in Washington, DC, to deliver a message of change. The One Nation March brought union members, social activists, and human and civil rights leaders committed to good jobs, equal justice and quality public education for all.

Four activists - including Local 1549 (DC 37) member Ayanna Gabriel, who is also a Next Wave leader - officially started the rally by reciting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech while standing at the footsteps of the Lincoln Memorial - the very same place where the civil rights leader delivered his speech in 1963. Popular MSNBC commentator Ed Schultz conducted the event.

AFSCME was well-represented. As Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE/AFSCME Local 4) Local 233 Pres. Barb Phillips said, "I'm here for jobs, education and because I want to see one nation working together. We need to energize Americans and start rebuilding our country."