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ACORN rally tonight to demand economic bailout for working families

Orlando Sentinel - January 06, 2009

ACORN rally tonight to demand economic bailout for working families Satta Sarmah Sentinel Staff Writer 11:36 AM EST, January 6, 2009

It's time for an economic bailout of America's working families, according to one advocacy group that plans to hold rallies across the state today. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, will hold rallies in Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale today to urge Congress to pass President-elect Obama's economic recovery plan immediately after it begins a new session next week. The Orlando rally will be held at 5 p.m. in front of ACORN's headquarters at 120 E. Colonial Drive. Community leaders, struggling Florida residents and other advocacy groups are expected to attend, said Joanne Green, policy and communications director at Florida ACORN. Obama's stimulus plan is calling for public funds to invest in rebuilding the nation's infrastructure and schools. The plan also seeks to create or save at least 2.5 million jobs. The nation's unemployment rate has skyrocketed to a 15-year high of 6.7 percent, with Florida's unemployment rate jumping from 5.5 percent in June to 7.3 percent in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Leroy Bell, a state board member of Florida ACORN, said Congress needs to act swiftly and pass Obama's plan. "When it came time for banks to get a bailout, there was more of an urgency in Congress. These people never did anything for Main Street," Bell said. "We don't have a bailout [yet]. This stimulus package is the only bailout we have," he said.