Thousands of Unemployed Workers Expected to Protest in D.C.

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Thousands of unemployed workers and activists from around the country will begin to “Take Back the Capitol.” The protesters will spend today setting up an encampment on Capital Hill and K Street in Washington, DC. Organizers say they want to remind members of Congress that they work for the people, not corporations or lobbyists.

The protests will occur as Congress is expected to vote on extending unemployment insurance to 2.2 million unemployed workers who face losing their benefits if the legislation is not passed.

Organizers are expecting thousands of people to descend on the streets and in the hallways for three days of action to counter the power of the banks, Wall Street and big corporations, according to a statement sent to from the Service Employees International Union.

“By Tuesday afternoon, participants will take direct action in the halls of Congress, K Street lobbyists’ offices, and fundraisers, and by night they’ll stay in churches, in local homes and in sleeping bags and tents at the base of operations—the People’s Camp on the National Mall,” the SEIU statement to the press explains.

“Take Back the Capitol” is being supported by the American Dream Movement, a partnership between, Rebuild The Dream, The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Center for Community Change, USAction, and other progressive, labor, and faith-based organizations.
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