For Immediate Release
Over a Thousand Chicagoans to Gather to Demand “Jobs Not Cuts”
Stand Up! Chicago Joining with Occupy Chicago to Protest Slashed Services, Reject Corporate Welfare for the 1%, Call for Jobs for the 99%
CHICAGO - As Chicagoans continue to struggle with stagnant unemployment, and threatened cuts to essential services, families will be coming together for a National Day of Action declaring an “Economic Emergency for the 99%.”
The Jobs Not Cuts Day of Action, culminating with a large rally and march beginning at Thompson Center Plaza, is one of a series of over 30 protests across the nation to be held on November 17. The action is a continuation of the Take Back Chicago Week of Action, which brought 7,000 protesters together outside the Art Institute’s Modern Wing on October 10 to take back the jobs, homes and schools taken from working families by the financial institutions that wrecked our economy.
The Day of Action comes on the eve of Congressional Supercommittee recommendations for more job-killing budget cuts, cuts that will disproportionately impact the city’s and the country’s most vulnerable populations including senior citizens and unemployed veterans.
Unemployed workers, struggling families and other members of the 99%, including Occupy Chicago and members of the Stand Up! Chicago coalition will be calling for real job creation, protesting proposed job-killing budget cuts, and demanding that big banks take responsibility for wrecking the economy.
Jobs Not Cuts Day of Action, a Continuation of the Take Back Chicago Week of Action (October 10 – 14)
November 17, 2011
Rally Assembles at Thompson Center Plaza
Program Commences, Speakers Include:
Steve Hunley, Master of Ceremonies, Pastor of Complete in Christ Ministries; Idella Smith, Grandmother Raising Grandchild and Childcare Consumer; Alfonso Pulido, Unemployed Machine Operator; Urszula Domaradzki, Janitor; Kenny Borst, Visually Impaired Unemployed Person,;Will Attig, Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran; Ruth Long, Senior Citizen
March Leaves from Thompson Center
Marchers Arrive at Action Site
Protestors Meet at LaSalle and Jackson to Join Occupy Chicago March
Thompson Center Plaza
Intersection of W. Randolph St. and S. Clark St.
Thousands of unemployed workers and Chicago residents, including Stand Up! Chicago coalition members and Occupy Chicago