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Changing goals alters the face of change itself

Amity Paye | 4/12/2011, 5:28 p.m.

The One Nation rally was originally meant to be a labor union's rally, but the focus was shifted to include many more groups. While an end to the war was not the focus of the rally, others did touch on the issue of war, with many signs reading, "End the war now" and "Stand against war and racism."

Belafonte also pointed out during his speech, "The president's decision to escalate the war in that region alone costs the nation $33 billion," said Belafonte "That sum of money could not only create 600,000 jobs here in America, but would even leave us a few billion to start rebuilding our schools, our roads, our hospitals and affordable housing."

While the One Nation rally did not have one set theme and was not a platform for one group of people like the rallies during the civil rights era, many saw this as a sign of progress.

"There are a lot of issues being discussed today, but people are living those issues and that is what makes this powerful," said Verdier.

Rev. Al Sharpton agreed, comparing the rally to the story in the Bible about Ezekiel connecting dry bones together to breathe life back into a corpse. "If we can get connected--Blacks connected to whites, Latinos connected to Asians, straights connected to gays, immigrants and all of us that are naturally born--if we can connect these bones, we can make America breathe and make America live as one nation, one nation under God," said Sharpton