Working Families to Hold Events to Repeal Sequester

Since Election Nearly 300 Events Held and 16,000 Calls Made to Stop Republican Hostage-Takers

March 20th actions will urge Congress to repeal sequester, close tax loopholes for corporations and richest 2%, Stop benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—March 4, 2013. As harmful automatic spending cuts take effect, working families gear up for another round of actions to hold lawmakers accountable.  Since the election, working families have mobilized to stop Republican hostage takers from forcing painful cuts. Harnessing the grassroots energy and momentum from election season, working people will continue to organize to: repeal the sequester, make corporations and the richest 2% pay their fair share of taxes; protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; and maintain public investments that create jobs. Below are some of the highlights from the extraordinary activity over the last few months:

  • To date, tens of thousands of people attended one of more than 300 events organized in nearly every state and Washington, D.C.          
  • On Nov. 8, working families held nearly 100 events outside congressional offices, health clinics, Social Security offices, construction sites and other community locations.          
  • On Nov. 27-28, a delegation of labor leaders and other working family advocates from 32 states traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby their representatives on Capitol Hill.          
  • On Dec. 10, more than 10,000 people participated in our online candlelight vigil while hundreds of working families participated in candlelight events across the country.          
  • More than 40,000 people signed our petition that was delivered to representatives in 22 states before the winter holidays.          
  • Since January, working families have held 167 events at Congressional District offices all across the country, held a rally and lobby day on Capitol Hill with thousands of workers, and hosted national call-in days, making over 16,000 calls to members of Congress.           
  • Over 26,000 people watched and shared our fiscal showdown video:

“We urge President Obama and members of Congress of both parties to just say no to Republican ransom demands,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  “The best way to disarm the hostage takers is to cancel the sequester. Then we can turn our attention to the urgent task of fixing the economy, raising wages, investing in our country and putting America back to work.”

In the coming weeks, working families will continue demanding Republicans stop holding the economy hostage and threatening cuts to programs critical to our communities. Another day of action is planned for March 20.