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More than 1500 activists rallied on Capitol Hill, calling on Congress to stand up for

More than 1500 activists rallied on Capitol Hill, calling on Congress to stand up for "Jobs, Not Cuts" to vital services. Photo by David Sachs, SEIU

More than 1,500 activists were on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, December 18th to demand Congress stand up for working people in the "fiscal showdown" negotiations. SEIU, NEA, and AFSCME members, retirees and union staff joined other progressive activists to tell Congress to protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and to make the rich pay their fair share. After a rally and march to Speaker Boehner's office where activists delivered coal, delegations did sit-ins in 30 House Republican offices.

The #D18 Day of Action made news all over the country. Check out some of the coverage below:

The Palm Beach Post:
"Protesters from a coalition of progressive, labor and community groups lobbied against those cuts Tuesday outside the Capitol and visited Republican lawmakers in their offices. As they went from office to office, they sang fiscal cliff lyrics to the tune of Jingle Bells: 'No more cuts, No more cuts, No more cuts - no way. We need to raise revenue, So make the bankers pay.'"

WUSA 9:

Roll Call: In holiday-themed action, group pressures lawmakers to resolve the fiscal cliff without scaling back on government programs.

WHYY: Philadelphia protesters go to Washington to send message on 'fiscal cliff.'

WUSA9 News: Protestors marched to the offices of House Speaker John Boehner to deliver a bag of coal, calling it "an early Christmas present from the nation's poor and middle class."

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Palm Beach Post and Washington Post: Protesters [...] visited Republican lawmakers in their offices. As they went from office to office, they sang fiscal cliff lyrics to the tune of Jingle Bells:

"No more cuts, No more cuts, No more cuts - no way. We need to raise revenue, So make the bankers pay."

Politico: Protesters claim they were turned away from Ryan's office.

Want to add your voice to the chorus of workers calling for "Jobs, Not Cuts"?

D18_JobsNotCuts1.jpgAsk your legislators to draw a hard line on any further proposed cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and other vital services supported by federal funding. Click here to send a letter to your member of Congress.

View photos from the day of action on SEIU's Flickr set here.

See a play-by-play of the day of action - including sit-ins in offices of Rep. Sam Graves, Sens. Hanna, Ryan, -- on 99Uniting.org's Storify here.

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