2011-09-30 / Top Stories

Councilman James Sanders Is Taking Community To DC

New York City Councilman James Sanders Jr. has announced that he will be taking a bus full of local community leaders and activists to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 15 to join the United Federation of Teachers, as well as other labor, civil rights and religious organizations, to participate in an event honoring the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial and to commemorate the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic “I have a dream” speech.

Participants in the one-day rally will call on Washington to take strong and decisive action to create and protect good jobs, defend workers’ rights and demand that corporations and wealthy individuals pay their fair share. The march is being sponsored by a coalition of labor, education, civil rights and religious institutions, including the UFT and the American Federation of Teachers.“ Forty-eight years after Dr. King’s historic speech, many middle class Americans are still struggling to realize the dream,” said Sanders. “Times are harder for working Americans than they have been in nearly a century. Jobs are scarce, and job security has become a thing of the past. I’m proud to join with the UFT and other national and grassroots organizations in exercising our right and duty to petition our government in our nation’s capitol. We ask only that each American be given the equal opportunity to advance as far as their dreams and skills can carry them.” The Councilman is calling on all who would like to join him in the trip to D.C. to contact his office at 718-527- 4356 to reserve space on the bus. Buses will depart from the Councilman’s Laurelton District office on Saturday, October 15 at 7 a.m. sharp.

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