Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"Dignity for the Unemployed?" Or Deception? Jobs Now Speak Out & Delegation to Gov Deal's Office


The recently filed Senate Bill 294, deceptively titled the "Dignity for the Unemployed Act" would require any individual trying to receive unemployment benefits to first volunteer for 24 hours/week before being eligible to receive the benefits.  This Act would inhibit our community members from searching for employment and highlights how out of touch some Georgia Dome politicians are with the realities facing our community: 11% unemployment in the city of Atlanta, the largest wealth gap between rich and poor for all cities over 100,000, threatened closure of post offices and thousands of middle class public sector jobs.  We need Jobs Not Cuts.

Atlanta Jobs with Justice along with a strong contingent of allies including members of ABLE (Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment), Occupy Atlanta, Interfaith Worker Justice, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Heroic Veterans of Georgia and more performed a delegation to Governor Deal's office to demand good jobs in our community and for policies that support community members that can't find jobs. (see 11% unemployment).

We then heard stories from Balewa Alimayu about the barriers that veterans face to finding employment.  We heard from George Kimbro Johnson about the power in having meaningful employment and health insurance, especially for disabled community members. 

We were then led by Jane DeJournette and La'Marcus Cook in lifting up our thoughts and prayers for good jobs and justice within our communities.  We lifted up the thoughts and prayers of the needed change in our communities and the organizing and coalition building that must happen to make it so.