Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fwd: Angry at Congress? Protest Wednesday in Brooklyn

Dear MoveOn member,

We've had enough. Late Friday afternoon, the United States had its credit rating downgraded for the first time in our history. The "tea party downgrade" came largely because Republicans in Congress blocked each and every attempt to make the rich and big corporations pay their fair share.1 It's up to us to make sure Congress hears how angry we are at what's happening right now in America.

That's why grassroots leaders from the American Dream movement are organizing hundreds of "Jobs Not Cuts" events nationwide on Wednesday, August 10, to kick off a month of action during the congressional recess (check out the original invite below). If enough of us show up to express our disgust, we'll make sure Congress and the media hear our message loud and clear: Congress has to stop us from falling into a tea party recession—we need to create jobs and invest in America instead.

Can you help send a powerful message that we need "Jobs not cuts" in Brooklyn on Wednesday at 4 p.m.?

Yes, I'll be there!

Thanks for all you do. 

–Lenore, Wes, Michael, Carrie, and the rest of the team


1. "S&P Downgrades U.S. AAA Bond Rating to AA+, Outlook Negative," Talking Points Memo, August 5, 2011

We're mobilizing by the thousands on Wednesday, August 10, to demand Congress to create jobs, not enact more cuts. There's an event in Brooklyn at 4 p.m.—can you attend?

RSVP for Jobs Not Cuts

Dear MoveOn member,

Disgust, frustration, and anger. That's what the country is feeling over the debt ceiling deal.1

Republicans held the economy hostage to protect tax cuts for the wealthy, and Democrats opened the back door to cuts for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.2 Meanwhile the jobs crisis keeps getting worse, and the stock market has dropped dramatically, further slowing recovery.3

But we can't just stay home and yell at the TV or groan as we read the newspaper. With Congress home for the summer starting next week, we have to make the most of our opportunity to show them exactly how disgusted, frustrated, and angry we are. The media and members of Congress will be watching closely to see how voters are responding during the August congressional recess. 

That's why we're joining with partners in the American Dream movement to hold "Jobs Not Cuts" events at district offices nationwide next Wednesday. Can you help make sure Rep. Michael Grimm gets a wakeup call to start creating jobs and stop cutting our path to the American Dream?

Click here to RSVP for a Jobs Not Cuts event in Brooklyn on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

When you sign up, you can indicate if you're currently unemployed (or underemployed) and willing to share your story—it's the stories from our community that will really help get Congress and the local media to pay attention. Then come out on Wednesday, August 10, at 4 p.m.—and wear your red, white, and blue clothes so we can show everyone what the American Dream movement is all about.

This is the perfect time for us to turn up the heat, and turn the focus to what it will take to rebuild the American Dream. We need to show Rep. Grimm that we're sick of the cuts, sick of political games, and sick of them ignoring the jobs crisis in our community. Can you join thousands of angry Americans on Wednesday, August 10, at hundreds of "Jobs Not Cuts" events at congressional offices nationwide?

Yes, I can!

Thanks for all you do.

–Lenore, Wes, Michael, Carrie, and the rest of the team


1. "Debt showdown unites Americans—in frustration," Associated Press, August 1, 2011

2. "EPI president critical of proposed debt ceiling deal," Economic Policy Institute, August 1, 2011

3. "Stocks Tumble as Signs Point to Weak Global Economy," The New York Times, August 4, 2011

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