On Wednesday, March 20 from noon to 2 p.m., members and supporters of AFGE (American Federation of Government Employees) will be making their voices heard across Ohio to put a human face on the sequester: workers losing their jobs, communities impacted, small businesses jeopardized.
- On the Columbus East Side, AFGE Local 1148 is hosting a rally at 3990 Broad Street.
- In downtown Columbus, AFGE Local 3448 is hosting a rally at the Federal Building at 200 North High Street (corner of Spring and N. High Streets).
"Across-the-board budget cuts—called sequestration—will cost more than 1 million jobs this year and many more jobs over the next decade," according to a statement released by ProgressOhio. "There is a simple solution to make this problem go away: repeal sequestration.
"Republicans are using sequestration as leverage to get their way in Congress. They want to cut Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare benefits, and gut essential services that working people depend on, while protecting tax breaks for Wall Street and the richest 2% of Americans.
"The solution is to repeal sequestration—not replace it—so we can put these manufactured crises behind us and focus on the urgent problems of putting America back to work, raising wages, and reducing economic inequality."