Friday, August 19, 2011

Jobs protests rage on at Cong. offices in VA, FL, WI, MN

More protests at congressional offices are starting to get press attention (it's about time).

Here's the Herndon Patch on the 200 people who demonstrated yesterday outside Rep. Frank Wolf's office in Virginia:

The protesters are upset with Wolf for voting to stop a bill that would have created the Homeland Security Headquarters in southeast Washington, creating 20,000 new jobs. Many of those who attended live in the Ward 8 neighborhood, which has the highest unemployment in the country, according to OurDC.
The organization said the demonstration is part of a number of events showing members of Congress that American families are unhappy with politicians who are siding with Wall Street rather than middle class American families.

OurDC pointed out that Wolf voted for $2.9 trillion in tax breaks for big corporations and voted to eliminate more than 11,000 Virginia highway jobs.
Here's WSVN on another protest yesterday in Miami outside of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's office:
The group demanded that Congress get its act together and start focusing on job creation.... The protesters were eventually allowed into the office to discuss their issues with a district director. (Ed note: How...condescending.)
In Kenosha, the unemployed and underemployed returned to premium wine enthusiast Paul Ryan's office today for a second day of attempts to talk to him about jobs. They say their sit-in will last until he shows up and talks to them. Here's a picture. Boredom looks to be the main enemy:

Finally, our friends at Working America are launching a new set of actions: Buyers' Remorse rallies. They set up a buyers' remorse booth outside of Michelle Bachmann's office yesterday in Minnesota. The local ABC affiliate reports,
Working America is setting up a “buyer’s remorse” booth outside of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s office to accept returned ballots from Minnesotans.
The organization, which is the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, is protesting Bachmann’s lack of attention in creating jobs, event organizers say.
Look for the #buyersremorse hashtag.