Protests and actions are likely the best way to get the attention of a disconnected Congress. While congress returns home for the Thanksgiving holidays, these determined and courageous 99ers and others will be gathering peacefully to air their demands .Please support the following event.
99ers to Stage 1930’s Breadline in Front of Federal Reserve
Jobless New Yorkers say: “Thanksgiving 2010 is No Feast for the Unemployed”
On Saturday, November 20th, the 99ers and other members of the unemployed – along with friends, family, and supporters – will be recreating the iconic Breadline image from the Great Depression to draw attention to the plight of the long-term unemployed. This silent protest will take place front of the Federal Reserve Bank of NY, 33 Liberty Street, in downtown Manhattan at 12 pm.
The 99ers – numbering close to 5 million jobless Americans – are those who have exhausted their 99 weeks of Unemployment Insurance (UI), beginning at the end of March, 2010. Many have been without income for as long as eight months. They have been through their retirement savings, maxed out their credit cards, raided their children’s college funds, lost their homes – and their dignity. Some are now living in their cars or in tent cities. A traditional Thanksgiving meal is not on their menu this year. Yet the banks and politicians, as usual, will be well-fed.
The 99ers have been waiting for Congress to pass The Americans Want to Work Act (S.3706), (which includes an additional Tier V), as well as re-authorize the current four UI extensions set to expire on November 30th for those presently receiving unemployment benefits. 99ers are holding a symbolic staging of a 1930’s breadline at The Federal Reserve Bank to demand that the Fed fulfill its obligation to maintain full employment. While $600 Billion is due to change hands among Wall Street institutions – a move which most economists do not predict will significantly impact unemployment – Main Street employers are still without access to the credit which could be used to hire new workers.
There is currently just one job available for every five jobless Americans. The Federal Reserve has not been held accountable for their failure to act on one of their primary mandates: full employment. The unemployment insurance program was created in response to the Great Depression.Not since 1959 has Congress let extended unemployment benefits expire when the national unemployment rate is above 7.2%.
The breadline is sponsored by the group “Flashmobs4jobs”.
A printed flyer for the rally may be viewed here:
The following comment was made at Wealthy Congress votes down extending unemployment benefits and ignores 99ers:
Please join the 99ers, other members of the unemployed, their friends, family and supporters, in recreating a 1930’s “breadline” on Saturday, November 20th. We need to bring home the fact that the unemployed have been jobless and without benefits for far too long – and are starving.
We will be lining up in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, at 33 Liberty Street, in Manhattan, beginning at 11:30am. Please wear black or… dark clothes. Hats, flat caps, scarves and shawls are fine, but no white or bright colors. This is to be a somber event. We will recreate the image from the Great Depression – because we believe this is the Great Depression II, not the Great Recession! Congress and the country have ignored us for too long. On the Saturday before the Thanksgiving holiday we will be invisible no more!
The media will attend. We need to have as many people in the line as we can get, so please reach out to your friends, family, neighbors, and members of your house of worship, to join you. We will be picking up stale loaves, as props, during the week before the event. However, if you can get loaves from stores and bakeries that discard them at closing, each night, please bring them.
Congressional members will see this event on their local news and won’t be able to avoid the fallout. They can run home, but hopefully they find nowhere to hide from their failure to help the long-term unemployed.