Let's make this Labor Day the biggest ever! It's only a matter of preparing for it.
Activists are calling out to every progressive individual and organization. We're asking that they join a contingent or form one of their own for the Labor Day March that begins at noon on August 31 at the Texas Theater, 235 W Jefferson in Oak Cliff, Dallas.
The march will be led by Walmart workers and their supporters. The emphasis in that front contingent will be on the needs of low-wage workers. A good second contingent would call for immigration reform, and a third would call for jobs for all. There's plenty of room for more contingents on the environment, democracy, unions, civil rights, LBGT rights, women's rights, and all the progressive causes that are threatened today.
Most North Texas marches have been mixed mobs. Contingents give everyone a chance to march for their own favorite cause without being distracted by other causes. That way, more people can be involved and their message is made clearer! Every contingent can have their own banner, their own literature, and their own table at the picnic ending the march.
August 31 events begin with a free Workers Rights Board hearing on low-wage workers at the Texas Theater. Congressman Marc Veasey, Representative Roberto Alonzo, AFL-CIO leader Rick Levy, and a representative from OUR WALMART will make presentations and field questions about how to reverse the trend toward lower pay in America. As the hearing ends around noon, groups will form their contingents outside the theater.
We'll march only about 8 blocks east to the Oak Cliff Methodist Church picnic area on Jefferson and Marsalis. There, we'll have a traditional Labor Day hot dog picnic. It's the first Labor Day workers march in our area since the 1940s! More
The Dallas AFL-CIO will hold its Labor Day Breakfast on Monday, September 2, in Mesquite. Tickets are available from 214-826-4808. After that, the Democrats hold their big covered-dish luncheon in East Dallas.