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). We need to let those in Washington who are standing up for us—like Rep. Gary Ackerman—know that we have their backs. Together, we can stop our nation from falling into a tea party recession—and focus on creating jobs that invest in America instead.
Can you help send a powerful message that we need "Jobs not cuts" in Bayside on Wednesday at 12 p.m.?
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
Dear MoveOn member,
Disgust, frustration, and anger. That's what the country is feeling over the debt ceiling deal.1 And if nothing changes, we can look forward to more of the same.
With Congress coming home for the August recess, the media will be following how voters are responding—whether we just sit at home and yell at the TV, or if we get out there and make our voices heard. Too many of us have family and friends who are unemployed, and too many members of Congress seem unaware that there's any kind of jobs crisis. That's why we have to get out there and ask even our strongest champions like Rep. Ackerman to be louder voices for "Jobs, not Cuts."
So we're joining with partners in the American Dream movement to hold "Jobs Not Cuts" events nationwide on Wednesday, August 10. We'll gather at congressional offices and show our support for progressive policies that create jobs and protect needed services. We'll make our message loud and clear: jobs, not cuts!
Can you come to a Jobs Not Cuts event in Bayside at 12 p.m. on Wednesday?
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 join us on Wednesday, and wear your red, white, and blue clothes to the event to show what the American Dream movement is all about.
The jobs crisis is hurting American families, but it's being ignored by the majority of Congress. These events are just the first step in a huge push to shift the battle lines to the left and rebuild the American Dream. We need to stay loud and visible, and keep the focus where it belongs: jobs. Can you join in on August 10?Thanks for all you do.
–Lenore, Michael, Wes, Marika, and the rest of the team
1. "Debt showdown unites Americans—in frustration," Associated Press, August 1, 2011
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