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Right Now: Vigorous Organizing on the Unemployment Bill

March 9, 2008 - by Donny Shaw

UPDATE: The conversation and organizing has moved to a different unemployment extension bill, H.R.5749.

Original Post:

As the job market continues to worsen, people from across the country are organizing on OpenCongress to get the Senate to pass an extension of unemployment insurance benefits. The comments section for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 has become a meeting place for people to push the bill into the media’s attention and to get the Senate to act on it.

This bill hasn’t had a mention in the media — people are sending it to each other and finding it on their own through web searches. A call has been put out on the page to get comments from people in every state. Others are suggesting that people email the bill page, complete with all the comments, to their senators as a petition. And some are using all the buzz there to try to grab the attention of the media.

Looking forward to seeing what happens next with this!

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