Black unemployment has jumped to new highs last month.
At the same time, the intensity of support for Richard Milhous Obama in the black community is falling.
So the race hustler and (alleged) Reverend Al Sharpton announced today he's putting together a march / rally in Washington DC on October 15th to support Obama's tax increase errrrr Jobs bill, known as the "Pass This Bill."
Al Sharpton is urging civil rights and labor groups to march on Washington next month to show their support for the president’s jobs bill and to draw attention to Americans who are struggling to make ends meet.
“We will bring forth the masses who have not been heard in the midst of the jobs debate,” Sharpton said Wednesday as he announced the Oct. 15 event, which he anticipates will bring thousands of people to the National Mall.
“As the president fights for a jobs act, as supercommittees meet, they need to hear marching feet,” the civil rights activist and MSNBC host said, The Washington Post reported. “This is to send a message to Congress.”
Sharpton’s march has the backing of major unions including the National Education Association, and of civil rights organizations including the NAACP and the National Urban League. Leaders of those and other groups will speak at the march. Initially scheduled for a Saturday in late August ahead of the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr., memorial on the Mall, the march was postponed as Hurricane Irene bore down on the East Coast.
Last October, the big event on the Mall was the “Rally for Sanity and/or Fear,” organized by Comedy Central hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, which brought tens of thousands of progressives to town.
The march comes as Obama faces growing pressure from some black Democrats over what they say is his inattention to the economic struggles of black Americans. On Wednesday, Sharpton dismissed that criticism as coming from black leaders who supported Hillary Clinton – and not Obama – in the 2008 Democratic primaries.
Politico forgot to mention the "Mess on the Mall Rally," better known as the One (Communist) Nation rally, held last October as well. For a first hand report of that rally, click here.
I may have to head down there on the 15th with my cameras, to see if it's a repeat of last October.