The Bail Out the People Movement , meeting in New York on Feb. 24, voted to endorse and help to mobilize for the March 20 National March on Washington. The demonstration, called by the Answer Coalition, raises the slogans: U.S. out of Afghanistan and Iraq, Free Palestine, Reparations for Haiti, and Money for Healthcare, Jobs and Education. The endorsement, proposed by the International Action Center, had unanimous support and was followed by a concrete discussion of outreach, transportation and material to take to Washington.
The bi-weekly meeting of approximately 40 people included a number of students and youth focused on plans for the March 4 National Day of Action to Defend Public Education.
Transport Workers Union Local 100 members raised that there will also be a protest at transit hearings on March 4 over the latest threats to lay off 1,000 TWU members. A march will link the two rallies opposing education and transit cuts.
The BOPM meeting included a discussion of the May 1 United Worker and Immigrant Rights Rally planned for Union Square and a report on the successful launch meeting of more than 100 people from 56 organizations the week before.
Members of Peoples Organization for Progress raised their campaign to oppose the closing of hospitals in New Jersey. Initial plans for the April 10 Jobs Action in Washington were also briefly discussed. The meeting ended earlier than usual so that women activists would have time to meet and discuss their plans for an International Working Women’s Month rally on March 27 at Union Square. The meeting reflected a level of intense community activism, solidarity and organizing on many fronts.
Bus transportation to Washington DC on March 20 will leave from the Solidarity Center at 6:30 am from 55 West 17 th St, 5 th Floor, between 5 th & 6 th Ave, NY, NY 10011. The bus will leave DC at 5pm to return. Tickets are $40 and $25 for students and fixed income.
Many activists are planning to stay in DC to attend the Mass Rally for Immigrant Rights the following day – Sunday, March 21.