Almost 10,000 people from the region are expected to travel to Washington tomorrow to help draw attention to the need for more jobs and better education.
The "One Nation Working Together" rally will be held at the Lincoln Memorial from noon to 4 p.m. and will include members of the Philadelphia NAACP and Asociacion Puertoriquenos en Marcha (APM), a Philadelphia-based Latino health, human-service and community-development agency.
The rally is described as nonpartisan but is expected to draw more than 400 mostly liberal organizations, including the NAACP, APM, labor unions and gay-rights groups. Those groups, as well as some faith-based organizations, will push lawmakers to advocate for progressive policies before next month's midterm elections, which many analysts say could turn out badly for Democrats.
The event comes one month before the Nov. 2 elections and one month after conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally, which urged attendees to embrace traditional values.
But organizers said yesterday that tomorrow's rally has nothing to do with Beck.
"Totally not connected," said J. Whyatt Mondesire, president of the Philadelphia NAACP.
"This is about keeping Congress honest, staying alert," Mondesire said.
"They're mostly concerned with re-election," he said. "We're concerned with moving America forward and realizing the promises of change that President Obama spoke about."
Nilda Ruiz, APM's president and chief executive, agreed, saying that the march is about getting Americans back to work so that its infrastructure can be rebuilt. "We need to get back to making investments in our people," Ruiz said.
For more information go to www.onenationworkingtogether.org.