“The American Dream movement, an idea from Van Jones, where Van Jones says we've got to come together. He sees the trouble that is happening now all around the country, and he wants to come together. He feels there's trouble if we don't. He's worried. He's worried about the way we're pulling ourselves apart. That can't happen. And Van Jones wants to make sure it doesn't,” Glenn explained on radio this morning.
“We've got to work together. We've got to put something together quickly. Can somebody put together a Facebook page? Rebuild the Dream. It's fantastic. And he's asking people now to come from all over, come from all over the country and please help save the union. Well, somebody was able to put a Facebook page together and they got it together pretty quickly.”
Shockingly, it seemed like people were able to organize themselves pretty quickly in order to make Van Jones’s call to action a reality.
“Unfortunately as we will show you tonight on television and post on The Blaze soon, the growing of the American dream movement was an idea that was discussed on July 18th, 2008.”
“July 18th, 2008, a series of sessions were held at a Netroots Nation conference and this session was called Growing the American Dream movement and it featured three speakers. David Bonior, Tom Woodruff and Leila McDowell, all three believe that the Free Choice Act would be instrumental in building union power,” Glenn said.
“Do you remember when they were talking about the free choice act? And they said it was about Hispanics and the American dream? Except we told you that it was about unions? And that, of course, was a conspiracy theorist?”
“They said the American dream movement would be instrumental in building union power and only large union numbers would ensure a positive change David Bonior sums up when he said more union members ‑‑ and we'll play this for you tonight. More union members mean a better progressive movement. You can't have a successful progressive movement without a workers movement.”
And what was it Andy Stern said about workers movements? “We are beginning. We have offices now in Australia and in Switzerland, in London, in South America, in Africa. We've been working with unions around the world. And what we're working towards is building a global organization because workers of the world unite is not just a slogan anymore. It's a way we're going to have to do our work.”
“So the American Dream movement that was born out of passion from Van Jones just a few days ago where he's watching what's going on and saying, "Somebody's got to do something. We ‑‑ the country's going in the wrong direction. We have to be good to each other." It was born, of course, in a Huffington Post article on February 22nd, the American Dream union ‑‑ movement. Although all of the SEIU announcements of the moveon.org sponsored 50 state rally went out on the 23rd, Jones had this idea in his call to action just the day before. And it was so powerful that SEIU and moveon.org just started moving people right away.”
“Tom Woodruff who spoke at this session is the Director of Strategic Organizing to Change to Win at SEIU. Now, both the American Rights at Work and SEIU are sponsors now of this new idea, completely unrelated to the, you know, conference that they had in 2008. American Rights at Work and SEIU are sponsors of the 50 Day Rally on 2/26.”
“But Van Jones had this idea and the others are not connected at all. Not connected at all,” Glenn concluded.