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Penn Action at Congressman Fitzpatrick’s office this week to support Unemployed People in Bucks County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Showing that there is red tape and restrictions to getting unemployment benefits!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Mom protesting the potential restriction of having drug testing for unemployment benefits to be paid!  She is a brave and wonderful activist!!

Penn ACTION

“Why is it that in a time when many hard working Americans are struggling to get jobs, public officials call us “free loaders” and attack the Unemployment Insurance as a waste of tax dollars? Didn’t we pay those Unemployment Insurance premiums ourselves?  Why must you further degrade us through drug testing and other senseless application obstacles?”

Those are questions Bucks County resident, Arianne Sellers, asked in an open letter to Congressman Fitzpatrick yesterday.  That’s Arianne in the photo above, delivering to Congressman Fitzpatrick’s office your statements and stories in suppport of the Unemployment Insurance program.

Thanks very much for raising your voice about this important issue.  As the Rev. Sandra L. Strauss, Director of Public Advocacy for the Pennsylvania Council of Churches said yesterday, “I want to be optimistic that our members of Congress, including Rep. Fitzpatrick, will support the moral decisions to extend emergency unemployment benefits and payroll tax reductions that are necessary to support our most vulnerable brothers and sisters at a time when they need it the most.”

Thanks to your willingness to speak up, hundreds of thousands of people out of work in Pennylvania and millions around the country have hope that they’ll be able to make that next house or car payment or keep their family above water for one more month.

You can see video of yesterday’s event here: http://youtu.be/pXV9jBmfQc8

You can see photos here: http://photobucket.com/WalkInOurShoes

Thanks for everything you do to put America back to work and protect American families.

Robin Stelly
Organizer,
Penn Action
e: rstelly@pennaction.org
c: 203.216.9719

Written by Robin Stelly from Penn Action:

Fitzpatrick Under Pressure to Support Unemployment Insurance Extension
without Drug Testing Attached
As deadline looms, Bucks County citizens demand passage of bill to
help 173,000 in Pennsylvania

Speakers:
The Rev. Sandra L. Strauss, Director of Public Advocacy, Pennsylvania
Council of Churches
Father Ernie Curtin, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Newtown
Arianne Sellers, Bucks Count resident
Frank Arcoleo, Bucks County resident

LANGHORNE, PA — Concerned Bucks County residents rallied outside Rep.
Fitzpatrick’s district office today to demand a clean year-long
extension to Unemployment Insurance and Payroll Tax Cuts. They
delivered dozens of constituent statements in support of the
Unemployment Insurance system and in opposition to drug testing
attached to the program. In December, an agreement was reached
between President Obama and Congress to extend benefits until the end
of February, 2012. An extension through the end of 2012 is currently
under intense debate in Congress.

“Why is it that in a time when many hard working Americans are
struggling to get jobs, public officials call us “free loaders” and
attack the Unemployment Insurace as a waste of tax dollars? Didn’t we
pay those Unemployment Insurance premiums ourselves? Why must you
further degrade us through drug testing and other senseless
application obstacles?” asked Arianne Sellers in an open letter to
Congressman Fitzpatrick. Ms. Sellers is a recent college graduate,
who has experience helping people navigate the Unemployment Insurance
system. “It already is a complicated process to apply for UI with
stringent requirements,” Sellers said.

In addition to the federal legislation, some conservative lawmakers in
Harrisburg are pushing for a bill that would require unemployment
insurance applicants to submit to drug tests or have a GED.

“Republicans are treating thousands of Pennsylvanians like criminals,”
said Penn Action organizer, Robin Stelly. “This is not the time to
handcuff more than 173,000 of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable to
ridiculous tests and requirements that cause them to lose their right
to these benefits.”

“I want to be optimistic that our members of Congress, including Rep.
Fitzpatrick, will support the moral decisions to extend emergency
unemployment benefits and payroll tax reductions that are necessary to
support our most vulnerable brothers and sisters at a time when they
need it the most. And I believe that we have the power in our hands,
as people of faith, to demand better,” Sandy Strauss of the
Pennsylvania Council of Churches stated.

Last month, the economy added over 243,000 jobs in the private sector.
Over the past 23 months the private sector has created over 3.7
million jobs, including 2.2 million in the last year alone.

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Our groups work together to bring awareness and progressive change for Bucks County!

Moveon.org Bucks County Council – Joan King and Sally Witt

http://www.facebook.com/moveonbuckscounty

Penn Action – Robin Stelly

http://www.facebook.com/PennAction

BuxMont CFPA – Cathy Leary, Bill Deckert

http://www.cfpabuxmont.org/

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Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry
sallykwitt@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/HowManyPlacesCanWeConnect
https://bruceandsallywitt.wordpress.com
http://sallykwitt.blogspot.com
http://xeeme.com/SallyKWitt/

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  1. February 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Joan is the BEST!!!! Love the hat. And thanks to Clare F. for the idea. The Republicans truly are the GOPee Party.

  2. Judy
    February 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Go, Joan! Great photo and sentiment!

    Now you’ve got me more interested in getting current info in my own State.

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