more than 150 activists and Chicago public service workers who are set
to take part in Saturday’s “Realize the Dream March And Rally” to
commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington say their
message will be the same as the thousands of people who rallied at the
nation’s capital in 1963: jobs and justice.
“Fifty years ago it
was unimaginable that the United States could have an African- American
president. Today that unimaginable thought is a reality,” said Tonya
Pugh-Rizer, an SEIU* Healthcare Illinois and Indiana member who boarded a
bus to Washington Friday evening with other workers and activists,
who are calling themselves the "Chicago Labor Freedom Riders."
even with an African-American president who has worked hard to address
issues that impact working people, we are still marching for jobs and
justice,” she said.