As we speak, thousands of Americans from all across the country are getting ready to take Washington by storm and send a message that Congress needs to represent the 99 percent, not just the 1 percent.
The situation for the 99 percent is dire. Nearly 14 million workers in the U.S. are without jobs and income inequality is at its worst since the 1920s. Unless Congress acts swiftly, federal unemployment insurance programs will expire December 31--cutting off benefits to nearly 2 million jobless Americans in January alone, with more than 6 million cut off during the coming year. And while the middle class and working people are suffering, taxes for the 1% are at an all-time low.
This moment is our opportunity to tell Congress that we will not stand for having our American Dream deferred, derailed or traded away any longer.
From December 5 - 9, unemployed and underemployed people, students, community activists, union members, healthcare advocates, and occupiers from coast-to-coast are joining together to "Take Back the Capitol." By day we'll show up at Congressional hearings and the offices of K Street lobbyists, and by night we'll crash in church auditoriums, union halls, and in tents around the Capitol.
Even if you can't be in DC, you can still make an impact as Congress deliberates the extension of unemployment insurance benefits for more than 2 million people and decides on deficit reduction recommendations. We'll be stopping in on congressional offices to remind members of Congress that the Capitol is the People's House.
How to get "Take Back The Capitol" updates:
- BLOGGING: We'll be blogging from SEIU.org all week to bring you timely updates from the People's Camp, congressional office visits and much more. So stay tuned to the SEIU Blog and check in frequently at www.99indc.org.
- MOBILE ALERTS: Are you going to be a part of The People's Camp this week? Text CAMP to 64336 to get mobile updates & let us know you're here.
- TWITTER: Follow us on Twitter via @SEIU for as-it-happens updates and photos from the People's Camp. For updates on all-things "Take Back The Capitol," use hashtag #99indc.
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Schedule for The People's Camp
After today, there will be four more days of peaceful protests to make the voices of the 99 percent heard and counter the influence of the 1 percent. Check out a schedule for December 5 - 9 after the break and be sure to visit www.99indc.org.
Monday, December 5: Set up the People's CampAfter checking in, pitching tents, and making signs and banners at the People's Camp (near 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Northwest), dinner and entertainment will be hosted by OurDC, a local organization of unemployed and underemployed residents.
Tuesday, December 6: Take Back the People's HouseFrom the People's Action Center (Lower Senate Park, near C Street and New Jersey Avenue, Northwest), we'll form groups and fan out to congressional offices, to remind members of Congress that the Capitol is the People's House, and demand that they represent the 99%. Send your own message to Congress and we'll deliver it.
Wednesday, December 7: "Make Wall Street Pay"We'll swarm K Street, the lobbying center for the world's most powerful corporations, and track down those responsible for crashing the economy and causing millions of 99%-ers to lose their jobs and homes--while failing to pay their fair share of taxes.
Thursday, December 8: Demand Justice for the 99%The day's events will include multiple speak-outs throughout the Capitol, a national prayer vigil with unemployed folks and faith leaders, a mass march on key congressional leaders, and a lively jubilee action.
Friday, December 9: Take It HomeWe'll pack up and head home, and keep the pressure on our representatives in Congress to do right by the 99%.
Visit www.99indc.org for more information about this week's events and how to get involved.