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Save the Soul of America March and Freedom Bus Ride (8 Days)
Date Monday August 26
Time 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location Details
*See for details of entire March and Bus Ride Kick off is at: First Christian Church , 80 South 5th Street
Event Type Other
Organizer/AuthorBlanche Mackey
  Save the Soul of America March and Freedom Bus Ride! San Jose, Hayward, Richmond, Vallejo, Oakland AUGUST 26- SEPTEMBER 2, 2002 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Working people who never shared in the economic boom of the 1990s will set out Aug. 26 on an 8-day march and caravan from San Jose. The trek will document shameful poverty as it winds through some of the poorest sections of the East Bay to end in Oakland, which has the Bay Area's highest rate of poverty. We will be highlighting the sacredness of life and connecting with the extreme poor, those facing economic troubles for the first time and those who morally reject the growing poverty that is plaguing our country. This is the third in a series of mobilizations aimed at building a new movement to end poverty. Billed as a Freedom Ride against poverty, it will link up more people across California interested in uniting workers who have been economically displaced - the young, temporary workers, immigrants, refugees of the dot-com revolution, the poor, the homeless, those cast aside by both the new and the old economies. The Women's Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) of Oakland is teaming up with the Community Homeless Alliance Ministry (CHAM) of San Jose for this important effort. The march and caravan will hold daily teach-ins along the route to focus attention on the need to speak out against poverty as a necessary part of saving the soul of America. The Freedom Riders and Marchers will be reclaiming the guarantees signed two generations ago by United Nations' member states that all people are entitled to basic economic human rights, including food, housing, education, health care and a living wage. We understand the need for a California Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign that will challenge the heartless policies motivated by greed, corruption and the drive to blaming the poor for the ills of America. Our survival as working and poor people rests on our ability to unite in support of economic justice policies. This includes white-collar workers who fear takeaways, givebacks and layoffs, blue collar workers who have trouble sustaining a decent life for their families, unemployed workers looking for good jobs, and all people of goodwill who want to help stop the war being waged on the poor. JOIN US ON THIS MARCH AND FREEDOM BUS RIDE!!
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