In the wake of the final debt deal that raises the nation's debt ceiling but fails to protect the middle class, local residents will gather this Wednesday, at 5:30pm at Pack Square to stand up for the American Dream and focus on job creation, while many in Washington are focusing on cuts to vital programs that Americans depend on.
The recently passed debt deal, which will do nothing to create jobs, forces deep cuts to important programs that protect the middle class while asks nothing of big corporations and millionaires. And though it does not require cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid benefits, it opens the door for these down the road via an unaccountable Congressional committee.
“We need Washington to focus on protecting the American Dream and creating jobs, not pushing for more cuts to vital services," said Cheryl Orengo a local MoveOn member. “The Republicans in Washington are holding our economy hostage in pursuit of their extreme ideological agenda. We need Rep. Shuler and Senators Burr and Hagan to stand up for the people in our community and demand more jobs not more cuts."
The rally will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 5:30pm at Pack Square.
Several members of the local MoveOn Council will deliver the new Contract for the American Dream: a plan, written by over 125,000 Americans, to create jobs rather than destroy them to our Representative and our Senators tomorrow morning. The Contract was released yesterday, it can be found at www.rebuildthedream.com .
The rallies being held on Wednesday are being organized by the new American Dream Movement. In July, over 800 rallies were held across the country to protest the final debt deal that fails to protect the middle class. The American Dream Movement is a growing movement inspired by protests in Wisconsin and fueled by the brutal right-wing attacks on the middle class and the poor. MoveOn.org, along with 77 other organizations including: the AFL-CIO, Sierra Club, True Majority, 350.org, Democracy for America and Peace Action have joined the American Dream Movement to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to find a decent job, afford to go to college, and secure a future for our children and our communities. All organizations are listed at the bottom of the home page of www.rebuildthedream.com.