I’m shooting this event this evening.
Rep. Boehner’s Unemployment Extension Bill Kills Thousands of District Residents Benefits
“Allowing my unemployment benefits to run out is like slitting my family’s financial wrist. I’m searching for jobs that just aren’t there, my unemployment benefits keep us out of critical condition. I’m tired of being targeted by job cutters like Boehner who don’t care what happens to average D.C. families.”
Marcello Virgil, unemployed D.C. resident
WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 50 D.C. residents will sing protest Christmas carols at House Speaker John Boehner’s Capitol Hill home. Unemployed residents will also share their stories of unsuccessful job searches and the difficulties their families face this holiday season.
While K Street lobbyists have easy access to Boehner, the unemployed residents who tried to meet with Boehner at his Capitol office were turned away during OurDC’s Take Back the Capitol visit. The U.S. Labor Department says the Boehner unemployment extension bill will eliminate benefits for nearly 15 thousand District residents. D.C. residents need jobless benefits extended with no strings attached; working residents need to keep payroll taxes in our pockets. If the economy doesn’t work for the 99%, it’s not working.
WHAT: Special Protest Christmas Lyrics and Caroling
WHERE: 300 G St., S.E.
WHEN: December 14, at 6 p.m.
WHO: Unemployed workers and local supporters
Site contact: James Adams, 202-536-7880.
Where’re the jobs?
(To the tune of “Let it Snow”)
Speaker Boehner’s at this party,
Seems the Chambers’ funds are hearty,
But Americans want to know
Where’re the jobs, where’re the jobs, where’re the jobs?
Jerry Nelson is a nationally recognized photojournalist. His work has appeared in many national, regional and local publications including CNN, USAToday, Upsurge, Earthwalkers and Associated Content and he is a regular contributor to Huffington Post as well as OpEdNews. Nelson travels the country seeking out the people, places and things that make America unique and great. Nelson currently is in Washington D.C. pointing his camera at OccupyDC and freelancing for The Washington Times the second largest paper in the nation’s capital.
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