Monday, February 28, 2011

Fri, March 4: Vigil for Jobs: Create a National Jobs Program Joblessness and Service Cuts Must Not Become the New "Normal"

First Friday Vigil for Jobs - Come Stand With Us in Albany, Chicago, Dayton, Detroit, Long Island NY, and New York City to Send a Message to Washington, DC 

Create a National Jobs Program
Joblessness and Service Cuts Must Not Become the New "Normal" 

Friday, March 4, 2011  •  12:30 pm – 1:30 pm  •  East 47th– 48th  Sts. in front of Senator Schumer's Manhattan office, 757 Third Ave.

Join the Vigil for Jobs on the First Friday of every month BECAUSE…

This past year, one out of every four families in America have been affected by unemployment. In January 2011, close to 13.9 million persons were officially unemployed, and another 11.5 million persons, the "hidden unemployed," wanted full-time work but were forced to work part-time or wanted a job but were discouraged and not actively looking. 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. Senator Schumer, as New York's highest federal official, we urge you take our message to Washington. 

Congress and the President must act immediately to:
·       Pass H.R. 589 to extend emergency benefits for the long-term unemployed who have been jobless for longer than 93-99 weeks.
·       Resume financial assistance to state and local governments to avoid massive layoffs in health care, education and other essential services and which will disproportionately affect women.
·       Create "Green Jobs" in the United States and defund foreign wars and military bases.

Speakers at Vigil: 
Ed Ott, Murphy Institute; Owen Rogers, Equal Employment Council; Gibb Surette, U.S. Labor Against the War; Trudy Goldberg, National Jobs for All Coalition; Gaby Moreno, National Organization for Women-NYS

Endorsed by: 
Americans for Democratic Action, NYC Chapter • Communications Workers of America, Local 1180 • Democratic Socialists of America, NYC Chapter • Empire State Economic Security Campaign • FIGHT BACK • 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 Assoc. of Broadcast Employees & Technicians (NABET), CWA Local 16 • National Jobs for All Coalition • National Organization for Women – NYS • New York Jobs with Justice • Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, AFT Local 2334 • The American 99ers Union • U.S. Labor Against the War, NYC Chapter • Veterans for Peace, NYC Chapter • Workers Defense League, Inc. 

• Individual Endorsements, org. for identification only: 
Tom Anderson, Vice Chairman, Organization of Staff Analysts • Keith Brooks, United Federation of Teachers • Leslie Cagan, Co-Founder, Organization United for Peace and Justice • Barbara Garson, author • Connie Gruber • Martin Melkonian, Adj. Assoc. Professor, Hofstra University • Ed Ott, former Exec. Dir. NYC Central Labor Council • Dorothy Savage, Former Dir. of Education & Leadership Ministries, The National Council of Churches • Julia Willebrand, delegate, U.S. Green Party Natl. Committee

Contact: national vigil coordinator Logan Martinez (937-433-8260 or 937-275-7259 or loganmartinez(at)
NYS vigil coordinator, Noreen Connell, 212-586-3257 or norconnell(at)

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