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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Aug. 27, 2010
DETROIT -- UAW President Bob King will join the Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, elected officials and community leaders on Aug. 28 as thousands of union members, and activists take part in the Rebuild America: Jobs, Justice and Peace march.
What: Rebuild America: Jobs, Justice and Peace march
When: Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, 10 a.m., Press Conference 10:30 a.m., March
Where: UAW-Ford National Programs Center, 151 W. Jefferson Ave., Detroit
Contact: UAW Public Relations Director Michele Martin, (313) 926-5291
The march begins at 10:30 a.m. starting at the UAW-Ford National Programs Center at 151 W. Jefferson Ave. next to Hart Plaza. In addition, a news conference is scheduled there at 10 a.m. The march ends at Grand Circus Park, located at 1601 Woodward Ave., the site of a rally scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. with a host of speakers, including King and Jackson.
Other speakers include Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Lansing Mayor - and Democratic nominee for governor - Virg Bernero and Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
"UAW members and their families are proud to be a part of this massive campaign that brings so many concerned citizens together in the name of peace and mobilizing forces for change," said King.
"Every community has in some way witnessed the affects of the nation's economic meltdown. We need industrial and employment policies that work to keep jobs and manufacturing in the United States," said King. "Workers need to earn decent wages to provide for their families and help keep their neighborhoods and communities viable."
The Rebuild America: Jobs, Justice and Peace campaign calls on national leaders to rebuild America by focusing on:
Also, the campaign focuses on home foreclosures and calls for a moratorium on the practice that forces hard-working Americans from their homes while at the same time bailing out Wall Street executives and paying them million-dollar bonuses.
The Aug. 28 Detroit event commemorates the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.
In June 1963, the civil rights leader delivered a version of the now-famous address at Detroit's Walk to Freedom demonstration, a march of 125,000 people down Woodward Ave.
The Rebuild America campaign is supported by organizations including:
Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Detroit Urban League
AFSCME Council 25
SCLC, Michigan Chapter
Union of Part Time Faculty,-AFT Local 477
U.S. Labor Against the War
Metro Detroit AFL-CIO
USW District 2
Michigan Legislative Black Caucus
Progressive Democrats of America
Detroit Area Peace with Justice Network
Jobs with Justice
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists-Detroit
Huntington Woods Peace, Citizenship & Education Project
Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity
Highland Park NAACP
Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Earth Day Network
United for Peace and Justice
Michigan State AFL-CIO
Teamsters Local 299
The United Communities of America
Green Party Michigan/Detroit
Michigan Welfare Rights Organization
11th Hour for Peace
Retirees for Single Payer Health Care
United National Antiwar Conference
National Assembly to End U.S. Wars and Occupations
Farm Labor Organizing Committee
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 268/Cleveland
Planned Parenthood of Michigan
Bail Out the People Movement