Dreaming jobs and freedom

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Marvin Jones is 45 years old and lives in Milwaukee.  He works at McDonald’s as a maintenance man.  Marvin says, “When my grandbabies come over on the weekend, I spend on them making sure they eat and are comfortable. I eat McDonald’s the last two weeks of the month because I have no food left.”

Ashley Sanders is 20 and lives in St. Louis.  She works at Hardee’s and says, “I have bills to pay and I need to provide necessities for my son; he’s 6 months old.  I get food stamps.  They help feed the other five adults in my household too.  I want to move out of my mom’s house but it’s difficult to put pennies aside.  I plan to return to cosmetology school but I need to find a better job.”  

Without the march, there would have been no speech.  We remember the speech, but we forget why the crowd marched from the Washington Monument to gather at the Lincoln Memorial.  The march was a symbolic journey from the Founding Father who presided over a nation whose constitution defined the enslaved African as three-fifths of a person to the martyred president who led the nation into a war made inevitable by that very constitution. “Our massive March from the Washington Monument to [the] Lincoln Memorial, our enormous rally at the Memorial, will speak out to Congress and the nation with a single voice – for jobs and freedom, NOW.”

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