Groups plan rallies promoting Obama plan

Boston - January 05, 2009

More than 20 leading progressive organizations and unions announced today rallies across the country to support President-elect Barack Obama's plan to stoke the economy and forestall a deeper recession.

These grassroots rallies for jobs and economic recovery taking place all across the county this week aim to amplify President-Elect Obama's efforts in Washington today and to keep the pressure on key and potentially deciding votes for his recovery package in Congress. We hope every member of Congress resolved this New Year to put the nation ahead of politics and ideology and will support President-Elect Obama's economic recovery plan that will create or save 3 million jobs through solid and sound long-term investments in health care, energy efficiency, transportation and education, Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change, said in a statement.

The rallies will be from Florida to Washington state, and mostly on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The coalition, which is spending $4 million to $5 million on a campaign backing Obama, includes major labor groups such as AFSCME, SEIU, and the AFL-CIO; environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters; and assorted other liberal-left organizations.

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