First Friday Vigil for Jobs - Come Stand With Us to Send a Message to Washington, DC
Create a National Jobs Program
"People need to cut through Washington double talk about 'stimulus' and make the
politicians embrace the right word — 'jobs…jobs…jobs' — that is the true solution."
-- William Greider The Nation
Friday, January 7, 2011 • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
in front of Senator Schumer's Manhattan office, 757 Third Ave.
(between E. 47th & E. 48th Streets)
Join the Vigil on the First Friday of every month (after the release of monthly unemployment data by Bureau of Labor Statistics) BECAUSE…
• In November 2010, 15 million persons were officially unemployed, and another 15 million persons wanted full-time work but were forced to work part-time or had given up looking for work. The unemployment rate of single women heads of households is double that of married women and married men. This past year, one out of every four families in America have been affected by unemployment. This must not become the "new normal."
• The best way to solve this crisis is for the federal government to create a new national jobs program, similar to the innovative work programs created by President Roosevelt during the 1930's Great Depression.
• Congress must also act immediately to 1) extend benefits for the long-term unemployed who have been jobless for longer than 93-99 weeks and 2) continue financial assistance to state and local governments to avoid massive layoffs in health care, education and other essential services.
Speakers at Vigil:
Hazel Dukes, NAACP-NYS,
Bill Henning, CWA-Local 1180,
Charles Bell, NJFAC,
Heidi Siegfried, Hunger Action Network,
Noreen Connell, NOW-NYS
Communications Workers of America, Local 1180
Empire State Economic Security Campaign
Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
Healing of the Nations Fndtn, Rev. James Forbes, Jr., Pres.
Hunger Action Network of NY State
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, NYC Chapter
National Jobs for All Coalition
National Organization for Women - NYS
New York City
Chapter of U.S. Labor Against the War
NYC Democratic Socialists of America
Workers Defense League, Inc.
Individual Endorsements, org. for identification only:
Ed Ott, former Exec. Dir. NYC Central Labor Council
Jim Perlstein, Retiree Chptr, Profesional Staff Congress/CUNY
Paul Vasquez, Pres., NABET-CWA Local 16