Holiday message: The unemployed need you!

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We would have liked to print a happy message in this space, filled with good news and wishes for all of you to have a fantastic holiday season.

What better time is there than the end of the year to look back and reflect on everything that has been accomplished over the last 12 months?

What better time than the final week of December to get a good rest and recharge our batteries so we can jump into next year's struggles, ready and rarin' to go?

Unfortunately, these final days of 2011 are no time to rest. While House Republicans are at home merry making, eating and drinking, many of our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends and neighbors are suffering.

Millions are losing their only lifeline: unemployment insurance benefits.

On top of that, 160 million will, starting in January, get smaller paychecks.

We urge everyone to get on the phone and call Republican House Speaker Boehner's office at 202 225 0600.

Republicans, after declaring their latest act of war against the 99 percent, flew out of the Capitol like bats out of hell. It is not certain, therefore, exactly who will answer the phone. So tell whomever it is that Speaker Boehner has become a national disgrace.

Tell whoever picks up that phone that Boehner must bring the lawmakers back and extend unemployment insurance immediately.

Tell whoever picks up that phone that the payroll tax cut for 160 million must also be extended.

Tell whoever picks up that phone that protecting millionaires from paying taxes, raising taxes on the middle class and cutting people off of their unemployment lifelines, the three things Republicans are best at, are not the things the people wanted them to do when they got to Washington.

Every one of the 229 House members who voted Tuesday to cut off unemployment benefits were Republicans. They are a disgrace to a great nation, and need to hear that from you. If millions tie up those phone lines the voice of the jobless will be amplified and heard. The voice of the middle class taxpayers will be heard. The criminal Republicans, beginning with Boehner, will be on notice that their days in office are numbered.

Tell whoever picks up that phone that Boehner must bring the lawmakers back and extend unemployment insurance and payroll tax cut immediately and stop protecting billionaires!

Tell whoever picks up that phone that the payroll tax cut for 160 million must also be extended.

Tell whoever picks up that phone that protecting millionaires from paying taxes, raising taxes on the middle class and cutting people off of their unemployment lifelines, the three things Republicans are best at, are not the things the people wanted them to do when they got to Washington.

Photo: Culminating of a week of protests and actions calling on Congress to create good jobs, stop cutting public services, make big corporations and the rich pay their fair share and extend unemployment benefits, a crowd of thousands marched to Speaker John Boehner's Washington office and attempted to meet with the speaker to make sure that he hears from the 99%, not just the 1%. (SEIU/David Sachs)

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  • The disgust, indignation, anger and fear of the working people at this time, with our present dangerous, wanton and even congressional fascistic, (and clearly what is NOT communicated with the use of this word is that we have a fascist government, only that this government has many of the features of pre-fascist political scenarios), with many thinkers, presidential hopefuls, and activists like Boehner, Buchanan, Robertson, Bachman, Paul, Perry, Cain, Huckabee, and Trump, at center stage, with clear, open, neo-nazi, skin head, KKK, tea-party and Birchite bigoted philosophies espoused, is certainly understandable.
    Some of these, and others have the shocking gall, along with our darling, now, Secretary of State, Hilary Rodman Clinton, (who, during the 2008 presidential campaign, joined in with the bigots) to insinuate the outright murderous assassination of the duly elected President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama.
    The whole body politic of the U. S.-and the world- should be shockingly dismayed and active to stop this open, post- Nazi activity, now and in the 2012 election cycle, which is now underway.
    However, we are not and should not be bitter at our prospects of struggle, for we are from the tradition of W.E.B. Du Bois, M L K, and The Mahatma.
    We must heed the wise and supreme counsel of Du Bois who taught us to "rest in work" and work in rest-as we must and will with the indomitable and indefatigable spirit of our splendid Ben Davis, Henry Winston, Hyman Lumer and Gurley Flynn, Claudia Jones, and Shirley Graham Du Bois-taking direct action for the unemployed-who are us.
    The unemployed needs us-but we need and celebrate the struggles of the unemployed, for their victories are ours.
    By helping to engage the union hall, the soup kitchen, the pantry, the clubhouse, church, mosque, and synagogue, community center, school, market and financial centers, we shall help unleash the righteous and just energy of the unquenchable power of the united peoples of the world and the true joy of the world.
    This joy and truth oppressors and exploiters-the fascistic minded, (if in anyway this applies to the 1%) along with the fascists cannot and shall not quell-we shall be the authentic human race-and be glad in it-THIS HOLIDAY AND NEXT YEAR-to re-elect Barack Hussein Obama 44th president of the United States of America.

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 12/28/2011 11:23am (3 years ago)

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