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‘Jobs, Not Cuts’ rally on Thursday in Seattle

UPDATE! Due to safety concerns cited by the Seattle Police Dept., the final destination for Thursday’s march has been changed from the Montlake Bridge to the University Bridge. Note that the original meeting time and place for the rally remains the same.

Three years after Wall Street wrecked our economy, millions are still out of work, and the gap between the top 1% and the rest of us continues to grow. But instead of doing their part to get the economy moving again, Congress and the State Legislature are pushing billions more in cuts. And the big banks and big corporations are only making things worse.

This Thursday, Nov. 17 , more than 1,000 workers, unemployed people, students, retirees, faith leaders and others are expected to join together at the Montlake University Bridge to say “enough is enough — this is an economic emergency for the 99%, and we need our elected officials to stop the cuts, create jobs, and make Wall Street banks pay!” This event is part of a National Day of Action for the 99% including events in 34 cities.

TAKE A STAND! Attend Thursday’s rally at 4 p.m. at the corner of Montlake Blvd NE & NE Pacific Street, immediately across Montlake Blvd from Husky Stadium. (Refreshments will be served beginning at 3:30 p.m.) Participants will march to Montlake Bridge University Bridge at 4:30 p.m. Download the event flier.

Thursday’s rally comes at a key moment in the state and federal budget timelines. The updated state revenue forecast due out that very morning could set the stage for still-more proposed cuts to education, health care, and other services. Less than a week later, the supercommittee led by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) is due to produce a report that could include huge proposed cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other programs.

The 99% are living through an economic emergency. But our elected officials don’t seem to notice. Instead of creating the good jobs we need, they’re spending their time protecting tax loopholes and pushing for ever-deeper budget cuts that would eliminate jobs and undermine health care, education, and other critical services.

On Nov. 17, please join us as the 99% converge at the Montlake Bridge to stand up for good jobs and say “Enough! We need jobs, not cuts!”

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