Largest Federal Employee Union Joins with Progressive Groups at Jobs Not Cuts Rally on Capitol Hill

The American Federation of Government Employees, the country’s largest federal and DC employee union, will join with hundreds of people in the American Dream Movement at the Jobs Not Cuts rally on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, October 5 at noon.  AFGE and the American Dream Movement are urging Congress to focus on creating good jobs, and making the tax system work for all Americans, not just the super rich.

The event is being organized by the American Dream Movement and comes as a culmination of the progressive “Take Back the American Dream” conference put on by Campaign for America’s Future which is taking place in Washington, DC October 3rd-5th.  

For months, hundreds of thousands of members of the American Dream Movement have been urging Washington to focus on creating good jobs, and making the tax system work for all Americans, not just the super-rich. Yet there are still politicians in Washington who would rather force deep cuts to important programs that the middle class depends on just so they can give tax breaks to the rich—all the while doing nothing to create jobs.

WHO: Speaking at the rally will be Van Jones, President and Co-Founder of Rebuild the Dream; Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN); Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ); Linda Evans of Washington, D.C., an unemployed home health care provider; Isaac Jaillet of Deerfield, New Hampshire, an unemployed construction worker and father of three young children; Shawn Wygant, an unemployed blue collar worker from the town once known as “steel city” – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Michele Evermore, a rank-and-file nurse with National Nurses United (NNU); Mahlon Mitchell, a firefighter from Wisconsin; Barbara Jackson, a member and Vice President of AFGE Local 3615; Joseph Rosel Jr., USW Local 9447, representing 2,100 steelworkers employed at RG Steel Corp.; a representative from AFL-CIO’s America Wants to Work campaign; a youth speaker from a Generational Alliance delegation; a representative from the Center for Community Change; Sandy Carpenter, a Walmart worker from Change to Win’s Making Change at Walmart campaign; Tiffany Mellers, a MoveOn member and unemployed Army Reservist; a Domestic worker from Caring Across Generations; and a representative from Alliance for Retired Americans.

WHAT: American Dream Movement Rally to Demand Jobs Not Cuts. The rally is the culmination of the Take Back the American Dream conference put on by Campaign for America’s Future.

WHERE: Adjacent to the House Triangle across from the Cannon House Office Building (near 1st and Independence SE).

WHEN: Noon, Wednesday, October 5

More information on the rally can be found here: ourfuture.org/oct5rally

The rally is the culmination of the Take Back the American Dream conference and is being organized by the new American Dream Movement. 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. The American Dream Movement is made up of millions of ordinary Americans, along with dozens of leading grassroots organizations, fighting together for good jobs for all Americans, securing a future for our children and our communities, and finally making corporations and the super-rich pay their fair share in taxes.

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