On Thursday, over 70 members of the American Dream Movement, led by MoveOn.org, formed an unemployment line, waved signs to motorists passing by, and chanted outside of U.S. Representative Heath Shuler's Asheville office to demand that Washington make Wall Street and millionaires pay their fair share to create jobs, rather than make cuts that hit the middle class and poor. The event, called "Line Up for Jobs," was part of a national week of action organized in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and is part of an escalation of American Dream Movement events that have been taking place all summer.
For months, hundreds of thousands of members of the American Dream Movement have been urging Washington to focus on creating jobs and make the tax system work for all Americans, not just the super-rich. Yet there are still politicians in Washington who would rather force deep cuts to important programs that the middle class depends on just so they can give tax breaks to the rich—all the while doing nothing to create jobs.
“The politicians in Washington are completely out of touch with the struggles Americans are going through,” said Stephanie Hellert, a local MoveOn member. “It’s as if they didn’t know there was a jobs crisis happening in America. Instead of creating jobs, Washington has been focused on budget cuts and gutting vital programs the middle class depends on."
“We're sick of politicians in Washington putting the big banks and corporations before working families,” said Hellert. “We need an economy that works for all Americans, not just the richest one percent. Americans need jobs, not cuts, and we should pay for them by making millionaires and corporations pay their fair share in taxes just like the rest of us do."
The event in Asheville was organized by the new American Dream Movement. The American Dream Movement is a grassroots effort inspired by protests in Wisconsin and fueled by the brutal right-wing attacks on the middle class and the poor. The American Dream Movement is made up of millions of ordinary Americans, along with over 80 leading grassroots organizations, fighting together for good jobs for all Americans, securing a future for our children and our communities, and finally making corporations and the super-rich pay their fair share in taxes.