3,000 Protesters Wage Sit-Ins at Congressional Offices in D.C., Demand Officials Hear Voices of Unemployed

 On Tuesday, 3,000 protesters occupied congressional offices in D.C. with sit-ins, demanding officials hear the voices and concerns of the unemployed. According to the Hill, MoveOn.org, OurDC, and other activist groups organized the protests that will target 99 offices by the end of the day. 

“These folks have traveled from across the country,” event spokesman Mike Uehlein told The Hill, noting that many of the protesters were unemployed. “They’re calling on their congressional leaders to take actions on the jobs crisis.”

According to the Hill:

As of Tuesday afternoon, the protesters had already visited nearly 20 lawmaker’ offices, including those of Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), as well as Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Steny Hoyer (R-Md.) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

Several dozen protesters waged their sit-in at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's office, where they refused to leave before meeting with the Republican from Kentucky. 

They “arrived this morning around 11:30 [a.m.]; they asked for a meeting with the Senator,” McConnell’s spokesman Robert Steurer wrote in an email to the Hill.

“Since they did not have a meeting scheduled, we offered them a meeting with our legislative director and they declined,” he added, “This is the same group that was here in early November – and we offered them a meeting a couple times during that visit and they declined.”

The Hill reports that one protester was arrested for unlawful entry at the Longworth House.

On Friday, the U.S. Labor department reported that the unemployment rate dropped to what is still a staggeringly high 8.6 percent. 

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at December 6, 2011, 11:11am

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