Occu-Evolve is organizing a protest specifically around the issue of unemployment. It’s Friday at noon.
Here’s why you should be there:
- Despite the much touted ‘recovery’, adult employment participation is lower than it has been since married women started entering the workforce in 1978. Since 1978, it has taken most families 104 weekly paychecks to keep the bills paid the way 52 did in the 1960’s;
- The Congress refused to extend UI last December, even with a record number of people being unemployed for 26 weeks or longer;
- Since 2009, 95% of economic gains have gone to the top 1%;
- If you’re unemployed, you should show up because you need to be seen by the talking heads who are ignoring the employment problem;
- If you are underemployed (you’ve been downgraded to part-time status or you are working multiple jobs because no single job provides you with sufficient income to cover your bills) you should show up because you’re being counted as ’employed’;
- If you are employed you should show up because in this economy, you could be joining the ranks of the unemployed very easily.
- You should show up if you’re one of the twenty million recent college graduates now employed in entry-level retail or ‘hospitality’ positions because the economy isn’t creating college level jobs– if your newly-minted BA has you babysitting and cleaning houses for the 1%;
- You should show up if your story is like so many I’ve heard over the past four years– you feel yourself in the cross-hairs because there are dozens of people on the street desperate to take your job at far less money than you make, you’ve noticed that all the new hires are decades younger than you, and you’ve been priced out of your own neighborhood by the new elite of the financial class.
There’s information on the demonstration on the Occu-Evolve Facebook Page.
Some links that tell the story from above: