Labor and liberal groups to hold Oct. 2 rally on Mall to counter Beck, Tea Party

Jon Ward
The Daily Caller

Labor leaders, liberal religious leaders and the NAACP will hold a rally on the National Mall on October 2, one month before the fall midterm elections, in an attempt to show they too have political clout and momentum in response to last Saturday’s massive gathering of Tea Party types led by Fox News host Glenn Beck.

“The AFL-CIO is determined that the Tea Party and its corporate backers are not going to get the final word,” said AFL-CIO executive vice president Arlene Holt Baker. “We will expect tens of thousands of union families to come.”

“We are fueled by hope and not hate,” Holt Baker said.

The AFL-CIO announced the rally Wednesday as part of an advertising blitz they are launching this coming Labor Day weekend, though AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka declined to say how much the organization is spending on the TV ads.

Trumka will be joined by President Obama Monday in Milwaukee at a Labor Day event, and other top AFL-CIO officials will appear at political rallies in California and Ohio. Trumka did say that the TV ad running this weekend is not political, and showed the ad to reporters.

The ad shows pictures of workers, accompanied by upbeat music, and ends with the tag line: “Happy Labor Day America. You have a voice. Make it heard.”

Holt Baker said that the Oct. 2 rally would also be apolitical, which is similar to how Beck, who gathered a crowd estimated to be between 100,000 and 300,000, described his event.

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CAJ note: We’d like to remind our readers of the message of “hope, not hate”, of members of the St. Louis labor unions when they met African American conservative, Kenneth Gladney, in August 2009. We didn’t see any of that sort of treatment by the “haters” on the national Mall on 8/28…

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