More than 50 events across the nation kickoff campaign for Obama jobs and economic recovery package

Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now

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DATE: December 19, 2008

Nearly 50 Events across the Nation Kickoff Jobs and Economic Recovery Now Campaign

Major Progressive Groups Commit Millions to Pass Obama Plan to Create Jobs, Strengthen Middle Class and Improve the Economy in the Near and Long Term

Washington D.C. – Nearly 50 events in Washington, DC and across the country kicked off the Jobs and Economic Recovery Now campaign which is prepared to spend millions of dollars between now and late January to pass the President-Elect Obama’s plan for jobs and economic recovery in an effort to create or save 2.5 million jobs, strengthen the middle class and improve the economy in the near and long term. The campaign will use every tool at its disposal including paid advertising, earned media and grassroots mobilization to pass the plan in the House and Senate in January. Below is a sampling of press coverage from yesterday’s events and a grid of the events which occurred. More than 20 leading progressive organizations and unions with millions of members have signed the campaign to pass a significant jobs and economic recovery package to create millions of jobs and help the economy grow.

To date, the following organizations have signed on the Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now: AFSCME, SEIU, AFLCIO, NEA, Americans United for Change, USAction, Campaign for America’s Future, ACORN, Health Care for America Now, Sierra Club, People for the American Way Foundation, National Women’s Law Center,, Young Democrats of America, 21st Century Democrats, Community Action Partnership, Institute for Policy Studies – Cities for Progress, Progressive Future , National Priorities Project , Cities for Progress, Progressive Future,Working Group on Extreme Inequality, YWCA USA , Economic Policy Institute, Women’s Voices, Women’s Vote Action Fund and the League of Conservation Voters.

Orlando Sentinel: ACORN rallies at ORMC for emergency economic help
About two dozen people demonstrated near Orlando Regional Medical Center's emergency room to symbolize an economic emergency and to kick off a national campaign called "Jobs and Economic Recover Now." 

CBS 4 Miami (Video): ACORN Urges More Construction Jobs for Unemployed 

Oakland Tribune: Oakland takes aim at restoring local economy
“We need a game-changing strategy," Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums said Thursday at City Hall. He was joined by Councilmember Desley Brooks (Eastmont-Seminary), Councilmember-elect Rebecca Kaplan, the Urban Strategies Council and ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. They gathered as a part of a national coalition to launch the "Jobs and Economic Recovery Now!" campaign.

KTVU: Dellums Joins Mayoral Team Working On Obama's Economic Plan 

WDEL: ACORN forms coalition (Audio included)
ACORN members garnered support for their "Jobs and Economic Recovery Now" campaign in downtown Wilmington Thursday afternoon. Several organized labor groups including the State Education Association joined with ACORN, with Pam Nichols of the DSEA saying the economic crisis has trickled from big business, to taxpayers, and to their children, which in turn affects the way teachers deal with their students. 

Wilmington News Journal: ACORN rallies in support of Obama's stimulus 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis officials say numerous projects could benefit from a federal public works project
Mayor Francis Slay and other local officials and activists have a long wish list to pass along to President-elect Barack Obama. Think flood wall construction, traffic lights, bicycle greenways, northern riverfront development, business park additions and more. Members representing Missouri ProVote, ACORN and Jobs with Justice all stood at a press conference Thursday to urge quick action on Obama's economic stimulus proposal, with a possible price tag of $850 billion or more. 

WV News Service: WV Jobs and Economic Recovery Campaign Kick-Off (Audio included)
They want economic recovery as soon as possible, along with new jobs. A campaign is getting underway in West Virginia to try to drum up support for a national economic rescue package. 

Huntington News: WV Jobs & Recovery Roundtable Convenes Friday

Reno Gazette Journal: Obama could send more aid to state
Former Democratic congressional candidate Jill Derby headlined a local panel of supporters as part of a simultaneous 40-city event organized nationwide by advocacy group Americans United for Change to promote the plan. Reno and Las Vegas were chosen to take part in the event because of Nevada's designation as a battleground state in the past two presidential elections. 

Workday Minnesota: Coalition gears up campaign to save the economy
With large corporations and small businesses slashing jobs at record rates, the country can't afford to wait for an economic recovery plan, a coalition of Minnesota organizations said Thursday. The group announced a "Jobs and Economic Recovery Now!" campaign to have a plan on President Barack Obama's desk soon after he takes office. 

Philadelphia Intelligencer: Activists: Give ‘bottom-up’ economics a shot
Local activists called for a $2 trillion federal stimulus package and pushed for “bottom-up” economics over “trickle down” during a town hall meeting Thursday night at the Northampton Library. 

Huffington Post: Gerald McEntee: Pass the Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan
This morning, more than 20 leading progressive organizations and unions, including AFSCME, announced the creation of the Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now, a major campaign to pass President-elect Obama's jobs and economic recovery package. 

Metro Latina: Leading Progressive Organizations, Unions Announce Major National Campaign to Pass Obama’s Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan
The Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now will utilize all the resources and techniques of a modern campaign to pass the Obama plan and to pass it overwhelmingly. From grassroots and grass tops contacts to phones, emails, web videos and paid advertising – this $4-5 million campaign aims to build a movement for an overwhelming victory for this package so that the American people have confidence in the plan and its ability to help turn our economy around. 

The Atlantic Blog: Democratic Interest Groups Join To Press For Obama Economic Plan
Given the parlous state of the economy and the tricky politics of the auto bailouts, passing a large economic stimulus plan might be a heavier lift than Democrats might have anticipated in the weeks after the election. “Why should [Obama] have to spend political capital on a problem created by his predecessors?" said Brad Woodhouse, whose Americans United for Change (c)4 will coordinate the group's activities. 

WSJ: Stimulus Package Heads Toward $850 Billion
Even before the details are known, a coalition of liberal groups and labor unions on Thursday announced a campaign to get the package passed before Inauguration Day, arguing that the new president shouldn't have to expend political capital to rescue the economy left behind by his predecessor. 

WP: Obama Team Assembling $850 Billion Stimulus
Acknowledging the tough task ahead, a coalition of 20 liberal organizations and unions -- including the Sierra Club, AFSCME, the AFL-CIO and ACORN -- yesterday launched a $5 million grass-roots and public relations campaign to support the evolving package and avert a filibuster in the Senate. 

AP: Obama team weighs up to $850 billion economic jolt
Despite the uncertainty, Obama got help Thursday from 20 progressive groups investing more than $4 million in advertising and other events to push moderate Democratic and Republican lawmakers to help pass the package. Whatever the details, the package should be on the new president's desk, ready for him to sign, the day he takes office on Jan. 20, members of the group said in a conference call. "The main goal of this campaign is to avoid a filibuster in the Senate," said Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change. 

The Hill: Progressives pressure Congress to pass stimulus
Nearly two-dozen major progressive organizations are joining forces for a multi-million-dollar campaign aimed at pressuring Congress to pass President-elect Obama's economic stimulus package in the first hours of his administration. 

The Hill Blog: Liberal Groups form Behemoth to Back Stimulus
Leading liberal groups–24 of them–formed a new coalition today to push for passage of an economic stimulus plan, pledging a massive effort that will include field events and an ad campaign. The group includes unions, healthcare action groups, environmental groups, community organizing groups, women's advocacy groups, and progressive political organizations. 

Washington Times: Liberals lobbying for stimulus plan
A broad coalition of liberal, environmental and labor groups Thursday announced plans to spend up to $5 million to lobby Congress on a massive new economic stimulus plan that would be ready for President-elect Barack Obama to sign the day he takes office Jan. 20. 

Phoenix Business Journal: George Soros groups, ACORN, labor unions, environmentalists push Obama stimulus plan
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, and the Economic Policy Institute, Campaign for America’s Future and People for the American Way Foundation, which are backed by financier George Soros, are among groups launching a major lobbying push in favor of Obama’s stimulus spending programs. Soros has been a harsh critic of the Bush administration. 

AFSCME Blog: Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now 

MinnPost: Progressive groups organizing campaign to back Obama finance package 

Congress Daily: Liberal Groups Launch Campaign For Quick Stimulus Deal
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 by Humberto Sanchez
A coalition of more than 20 liberal interest groups and unions launched a roughly $5 million campaign today to pressure Congress to quickly pass an economic stimulus package crafted by President-elect Obama and congressional Democrats. "This campaign is concerned with one thing, and that is passing Obama's jobs and economic recovery plan as soon as possible," said Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change, during a conference call. He added that it is important that wide majorities pass the measure so that Democrats' new political capital is not wasted. "This campaign is about getting as many votes as we can in the House and the Senate, getting the Blue Dogs, getting the Republicans, getting the moderate Democrats in the Senate, avoiding a filibuster fight." Woodhouse said the groups plan to spend roughly $4.5 million to $5 million on paid media and events before Jan. 20. The groups said they held over 40 events today around the nation. "Come January we will be out in the streets, at the state houses and mayors' offices, at the district offices of members of Congress," said Alan Charney, Program Director of USAction, who was also on the call. Many of the groups involved support a $900 billion package over two years, which was proposed this month by the Campaign for America's Future, also a member of the coalition. Obama's transition team is reportedly considering an $850 billion package after conferring with a bipartisan group of economists, according to the Associated Press. Previously reported figures have been in the $600 billion range. Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, who was also on the call, said that given the increasing severity of the economic downturn, it is not surprising that Obama is considering a higher amount. "It would be surprising if they didn't adjust what they thought was necessary ... given that the fact that the downturn appears to be more severe by the day," Baker said.

CQ: Labor and Green Groups Launch Effort for Stimulus Package
By Karoun Demirjian, CQ Staff
A host of national unions and other progressive groups launched an initiative Thursday to lobby for quick passage of a near-trillion-dollar economic stimulus package being proposed by congressional leaders and the Obama administration — no matter what the final product includes. The association — calling itself the Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now — comprises such diverse organizations as the Service Employees International Union, the Sierra Club, and the Economic Policy Institute. Each is currently lobbying the Obama transition team and various congressional offices for special projects and considerations to be included in the final bill. But as a unit, the organization is pledging to pool and spend about $5 million on a media blitz between now and Jan. 20, to ensure there is a completed bill to greet President Obama when he takes office. “This campaign is concerned with one thing, and that is passing the Obama jobs and economic recovery plan as soon as possible . . . so that our congressional leaders do not have to spend any more political capital than necessary on a problem that was created by our outgoing president and our economy,” said Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change. “That’s why we’re getting started today before we’ve seen the final elements of a package.” Woodhouse said efforts would focus specifically on trying to create a majority that could overcome a filibuster in the Senate, which approved a $700 billion stimulus package (PL 110-343) for Wall Street in October but where a targeted auto industry bailout failed to advance on a cloture vote last week. Part of the strategy, Woodhouse said, will be creating a supermajority of moderate Republicans and Blue Dogs along with other Democrats in the House first — in the hopes that securing “290, 300, 315 votes out of the House” might create momentum to carry lawmakers over the 60-vote filibuster threshold in the Senate. Campaign organizers said they expected the chances of success for an economic recovery package would be improved by the growing number of states facing record budget deficits — meaning governors and municipal officials of both parties would be pressuring Congress for help. “State and local officials of both parties are going to be pushing very hard on their federal elected officials to pass this package,” said Alan Charney, program director for USAction, a grassroots organizing group and member of the progressive coalition.

City, Time/Date, Event Address

Anchorage, Dec. 19, TBD

Phoenix, 1:30 PM Dec. 18, Cesar Chavez Plaza, 201 W Washington St., Phoenix, AZ
Tucson, 10:00:00 AM Dec. 18, Federal Building, 300 W. Congress, Tucson, AZ

Little Rock, 10:30:00 AM Dec. 18, Old Supreme Court Room (2nd Fl.), State Capitol, Little Rock, AR

Oakland, 11:00:00 AM Dec. 18, Oakland City Hall, 100 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA

Wilmington, 12 PM Dec. 18, Carvel Building, 820 French Street, Wilmington

Miami, 11:00 AM, Stephen P. Clark Gov't Center, 150 NW 1st St., Miami, FL
Ft. Lauderdale, 11:00 AM Dec. 18, 100 N. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Orlando, 11:00:00 AM Dec. 18, Orlando Regional Medical Center, corner of Kuhl Ave & Sturtevant St, Orlando, 32806

Indianapolis, Dec. 22, time TBD TBD

New Orleans, 11:00:00 AM Dec. 18, City Hall, 1300 Perdido, New Orleans, LA
Lake Charles, 12 PM Dec. 18, Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2124 5th Street, Lake Charles, LA

Detroit, 12 PM Dec. 18, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Detroit, MI
Flint, 3:00:00 PM Dec. 18, 436 S. Saginaw St., Ste. 400, Flint, MI
Lansing, 12:30:00 PM Dec. 18, State Capitol, Lansing, MI

Minneapolis, 9:30:00 AM Dec. 18, State Capitol, St. Paul, MN

Jackson, 11:00:00 AM Dec. 18, State Capitol, 1st Floor Rotunda, 400 High St., Jackson, MS

St. Louis, 1:30:00 PM Dec. 18, Gateway Homeless Services, 1000 N. 19th St., St. Louis, MO 63106

Reno, 10 AM Dec. 18, Cathexis Building; 250 Bell St.
Las Vegas, 3:30 PM Dec. 18, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Building, 3900 West Quail Avenue

Columbus, 1:30:00 PM Dec. 18, Progress Ohio, 251 S. 3rd Street Columbus, OH 43215
Cleveland, 1:30:00 PM Dec. 18, Cleveland City Hall, 601 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114

Philadelphia, 1:00:00 PM Dec. 18, Philadelphia City Hall, Caucus Room, 4th Floor, Broad St. @ Market
Pittsburgh, 1 PM Dec. 17, United Steel Workers Headquarters, 5 Gateway Center Harrisburg Dec. 18 1 PM State Capitol Rotunda

Nashville, Dec. 18 1 PM, 220 Rosa Parks Blvd. Nashville

Seattle, 2:00:00 PM Dec. 18, Seattle King-County Building Trades Council, 6770 E. Marginal Way, Seattle, WA

Charleston, 10:30 AM Dec. 19, AFL-CIO, 501 Leon Sullivan Way, 3rd Floor

Bridgeport, 6:00:00 PM Dec. 18, Bridgeport Public Library, 925 Broad St., 2nd Floor (Fine Arts Room), Bridgeport, CT
Stamford, 6:30 PM Dec. 17, 90 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford, CT