UNEMPLOYED AND COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS TO DEMAND
MONEY FOR JOBS NOT WAR
AT 12 NOON IN FRONT OF WHITE HOUSE
“Fund A REAL JOBS PROGRAM instead of sending MORE TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN!”
Unemployed people, along with groups representing the homeless and the poor from Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, Detroit, Providence RI, Raleigh-Durham, NC, Cleveland, Baltimore, Virginia and elsewhere will protest directly in front of the White House at 12 noon on Thursday, Dec. 3 to declare the White House Jobs Summit too little and too late in the battle against depression level joblessness.
At 12 noon directly in front of the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. between 15th and 16th Streets, women and men suffering from the 'jobless recovery' will call for a real jobs program that is as ambitious in scope as the Work Progress Administration (WPA) established during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The Protest will also draw attention to the sad and disappointing fact that the Government is perfectly ready to waste billions more dollars on the war in Afghanistan, but can only offer talk when it comes to the number one crisis in the country, rising joblessness.
In addition to the Bail Out the People Movement, the primary sponsor of the protest, other groups participating in the Jobs Summit protest are: The Rhode Island Unemployed Council; Picture The Homeless, NYC; The Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shut Offs, Mich.; Peoples Organization for Progress, N.J.; Rev. Graylan Hagler, Pres., United Church of Christ Commission on Racial Justice; Rev. Tom Smith, Pres., Inter-religious Foundation for Community Organization; Anti-war Activist Cindy Sheehan; The National Network to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions; The Cleveland Family Center Connections; Charles Barron, N.Y. City Council Member; Chris Silvera, Sec.-Treas. Local 808 IBT, N.Y.; and the Rosa Parks Committee, Boston.
Sharon Black, jobs campaign organizer said, "We do not accept the argument that there is no money for a real jobs program." Black continued, "A government that can find literally trillions of dollars to bail out greedy and criminal bankers, and more money to fuel terrible wars, cannot maintain that there's no resources to bailout the unemployed. We must fund a real jobs program, not send more troops to Afghanistan."
A major jobs protest planned for spring will be announced.
For more information:
Bail Out the People Movement
55 W. 17th St. #5C
New York, NY 10011