Tell Congress: Extend Unemployment Insurance Now
During his election victory speech Obama said, "This victory alone is not the change we seek -- it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you."
Over the last year there have been some steps forward in the struggle to build a more just society, and unfortunately some missteps along the way. Corporate interests are manipulating frustrations over lack of progress in fixing health care, the economy, labor law, Wall Street and the financial sector. Wall Street and the Chamber of Commerce are attempting to deflect their own responsibility for the economic crisis and use grassroots anger to block the very reforms we need for a new economy.
This last year has served as an important reminder that it takes a movement to make real change. The transformation of our country will not come from Capitol Hill, but from people like us taking action to demand change.
We have the opportunity to create positive change for working people in this country. We know that the road to a real economic recovery is the same path JwJ has been traveling for 20 years; a path paved with the right of workers and communities to organize for a better standard of living, aggressive democratic unionism, health care for all, retirement security, and government policies that protect working families by reigning in banks and corporations.
The unemployment rate is still at 10% and expected to rise even higher and new unemployment claims rose again last week, but unemployment insurance benefits are set to expire for millions of people on February 28th. At last count 5.9 million people were receiving extended unemployment benefits. Already there are an estimated 6 million people in the U.S. living on nothing but food stamps. Now is not the time to turn our backs on the unemployed. Will you join us in the fight to win full and fair employment?
Help us take another small step toward building the country we want to see by telling Congress that we must extend unemployment insurance benefits.
Tell Congress: Extend Unemployment Insurance Now!
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.”
Source: Jobs with Justice
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