Marching for Jobs

Posted by Al Hathaway Sunday, November 21, 2010

This picture is intended to remind us that a key aspect of the Civil Rights Movement was to demand jobs for people. Religious leaders understood the connection between full employment and healthy communities and families. Our ancestors were willing to put their faith into action. Their Sunday worship experience fueled their desire to create change within the social and economic fabric within their communities. America and many local communities are going in the wrong direction. They believe that communities can be transformed through physical development without the spiritual uplift and development of the local residents in those communities. This is a formula for failure. Physical development, economic development and spiritual development are integrally tied together.


That why on Monday, November 22nd at 3:00 p.m.

Clergy and community members will march to the site of the proposed first Phase project of the State Center. This $1.6 Billion dollar project is being planned without a bona fide plan for including local residents in the jobs and economic benefits that will be derived from it.

We must march to highlight the needs of people who want to work and need to work. We must march to demonstrate that our communities can be organized and collectively pursue positive goals. We must march to insure that hopelessness does not fester into apathy. We must march to show the powers that be that the "sleeping giant" is now awake. We must march to let everybody know that the residents of West Baltimore will continue to demonstrate in a public way until they get the jobs being created on this project.

The revolution will not be televised. We intend to have 1,000 people march from Union Baptist Church to 400 West Preston. If you want to join in the march for jobs, we will leave from Union Baptist Church tomorrow beginning at 3:00 p.m.

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