***The Big One*** Malcolm X/Meridian Park to Lafayette Park
Saturday, 24 October, 2009 - 12:00
We need a clean, green economy that affirmatively improves the lives of all of humanity, especially those who have been negatively impacted by the fossil fuel economy--people of color and low-income people.
The rally will go on, rain or shine!
On October 24th, thousands of people will rally, with music and speakers, in Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park at 16th and Euclid Streets NW. Mid-afternoon we will march down 16th St. to Lafayette Park and form a Circle of Hope across from the White House. Bike rides are also being organized as part of the day of action.
WHEN: Saturday, October 24th from noon to 5pm
WHERE: Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park, 16th and Euclid Streets NW followed by a march to Lafayette Park in front of the White House.
WHAT: We will gather for a rally in Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park at 16th and Euclid Streets NW. Following speakers, music, exhibits, displays and cultural performers in the park, we will move to the White House and form a “circle of hope” across from it. Groups will march, bicycle, come in buses or take public transportation from all over the greater D.C. region and beyond to this day of action. We anticipate thousands of people taking part, a multi-racial, multi-generational mix.
Speakers and Performers:
Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus
Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers and the Intelligent Seedz
Friis Arne Petersen, Danish Ambassador to US
Steve Ma, Live Green
David Schwartzman, Professor, Howard University
Joe Uehlein, former director, AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Campaigns
Purple Crown, soul/hip hop/new wave music
Gidon Bromberg, Director, Friends of the Earth Middle East
Lauren Vanderpool, Von Der Pool Gourmet LLC
Mikuak Rai, Planet Restoration
Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project
Michele Roberts, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
Mike Tidwell, Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Luci Murphy, singer
Terrence Cunningham, Soul Alternative music
Nia Robinson, Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
Ted Glick, CCAN
Liz Butler, 1Sky
Joelle Novey, Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light
WHO: Initiated by the Hip Hop Caucus and Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Other groups involved include: 350.org, 1Sky, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, African American Environmental Alliance, AVAAZ Climate Action Factory, Campus Progress, Carbonfund.org, Code Pink, D.C. Metro Science for the People, Energy Action Coalition, Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative, Friends of the Earth, Gray Panthers, Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light, Green DMV, Helping Inner City Kids Succeed, National Wildlife Federation, Organic Agriculture Recycling, Planet Restoration, Sierra Club Environmental Justice Program, Students for a Democratic Society, Sustain US, Ward 8 Environmental Council, and the Washington Peace Center.
CONTACT: Ted Glick, email@example.com, 240-396-2155.
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Statement of Purpose
Working with people around the world, we have joined together to organize a major action on Saturday, October 24th in Washington, D.C. to address the related issues of global warming pollution and poverty.
It is our responsibility to speak up, organize and take action to demand that our government move now to make this happen. We need a clean, green economy that affirmatively improves the lives of all of humanity, especially those who have been negatively impacted by the fossil fuel economy--people of color and low-income people.
We will work to deeply root our actions leading up to and on October 24th in local D.C. communities. We will reach out to religious, health, community, labor, student and other groups, a broad cross-section. We support the call for a strong, science-based, just and equitable international climate treaty that gets us on the path toward reducing world carbon emissions to 350 parts per million (they're now at 387 and climbing). This should come out of the United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark in December. We support the passage of strong, science-based legislation by Congress and President Obama before that conference.
Event Website: http://350.org/dc