Indiana recently hit 9.9% unemployment. Yet, Indiana's Senators and other elected officials have not made any official statement about their stance on expanding the current federal emergency unemployment compensation program. This may change with the growing swell of urgency felt by the unemployed and jobless. One need look no further than comments made by readers to this writer's various articles to know that the long term unemployed are hopeless.
This situation is repeated across the country. The Rochester Unemployment Examiner has reported that both New York Senators have failed to return calls regarding this issue.
In turn, the lack of response from Washington, D.C. is igniting a fire under the unemployed to organize and let their voice be heard. One of those organizing groups is "Tier V to Survive." This group is organizing a virtual protest -- MAYDAY SOS for Tier V -- on Washington for this Friday and next Monday, April 30th and May 3rd, respectively.
Promoters of the MAYDAY protest want participants to fax their senators, legislators and the White House on Friday and again Monday. According to the supporters, the top of the fax must contain the following language "MAYDAY SOS Tier V to survive." After that, the organizers encourage participants to outline the impact of unemployment in their lives and the lives of their family.
The fax numbers for Indiana's Senators are:
Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN): (202) 228-1377
Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) (202) 228-0360
Fax numbers for all Senators may be found at www.senate.com
Stay Tuned: More on impact of MAYDAY protest and increasing organization of the unemployed.
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