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The “peace director” of the October 2 “One Nation Working Together” rally says that the U.S. should immediately withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan, military aid to Israel should be ended, and that Iran has the right to develop nuclear weapons as long as the U.S. has them. He also says that Marxists are invited to participate at his upcoming rally.
Michael McPhearson, one of the key organizers of the event and former executive director of Veterans for Peace, tells Accuracy in Media, “I’m not all that concerned if you’re a Republican, Democrat, or Marxist or Communist, whatever,” he said. “I just want us to work together to make our country better. That’s what I look at—not if you’re a socialist.”
The October 2 rally in Washington, D.C. is designed to counter the Tea Party, a grass roots movement of citizens devoted to limited government, and the recent “Restoring Honor” rally in the nation’s capital sponsored by Fox News personality Glenn Beck.
Questioned on the involvement of communist groups, McPhearson shot back, “What is radical? We are trying to bring everybody together under one tent. In the United States everybody has a voice and speaks their opinion.” He said the Tea Party has its own share of controversial people.
McPhearson’s Facebook page highlights President Obama as being among his favorites. (Clicking on “Barack Obama” takes you to the President’s own Facebook page).
McPhearson’s role in the October 2 event, which is being advertised as featuring hundreds of thousands of people gathering at the Lincoln Memorial “to demonstrate our re-commitment to change,” is so important that the “peace and anti-war voice” of the rally has its own “One Nation Working for Peace” website.