I was so moved by the comments of the thousands of people who have been following my series of articles on the long term unemployed and the 99ers. I realized that the situation is getting desperate and I have a plan to help 99ers.
( Update: Shortly after publishing my article I discovered that the 99ers have formed a union called the American 99ers Union. See my recent article:
One comment just broke my heart and sums up the pain of the unemployed. It was a guest on the Associated Content site named Gary who wrote simply ” No income, no job, losing hope.”
I feel that just about sums up the reaction to the Senate ignoring the plight of the “99ers” who have lost all lifelines and prepare to become a permanent underclass if our President does not act soon to pressure his administration to extend more aid.
What must they do to get your attention? Would it be possible to have a homeless former middle class person to speak on CSPAN as our fat overpaid legislators sit in congress? Could we tie them to their seats sandwiching a speech in between some important legislation they have to vote on?
Obviously, the plight of the formerly well off Americans who have fallen off a cliff is of little interest to our lawmakers.
And until the American people can see the pain of this displaced army of people who have no clue how to assimilate back into their old lifestyles, 99Er’s and the long term unemployed are doomed.
So my suggestion is to dress up as beggars and walk the streets with a flip camera in hand.
Post your stories to you tube and call your local papers to tell them your story. Stage a protest like the 99ers of New York City who hit Wall Street and did interviews in August. The 99ers must not sit home lamenting their blight but take steps to organize and become political.
The 99ers are now the new Tea Party activists. You do have power and as American citizens you do not need to despair. While you have the ability I would say it is time to organize, network and seize the opportunity to make the situation a pain in the backside of your local representatives.
One 99er organized a rally where people faxed their resumes enmasse, disabling the Senate fax machines.
These are acts of legal civil protest and I encourage you to make use of your ability to protest now.
The best way is to rally at every city of the nation and call the news stations to cover it.
I would encourage anyone who is interested in this to leave a comment here on Associated Content with a day, a time and a place for other 99ers to reach them or meet up. Tack up sheets at your local coffee shop for a 99er meet up. In fact, yahoo has a place where you can organize your own local group for free called ” yahoo meet ups”
I have also set up an email address for you to write me and I will connect 99ers to each other.
I will send you mass emails on things to help, such as companies who are hiring, and religious or non profit organizations set up to help you. I know it is hard but you must take the time to take back your power and remind legislators that you STILL vote.
I think it’s time to do something and community organize.
The email address is RALLY99ers @ yahoo.com.
Please don’t lose hope Gary.