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Media advisory: Experts available for SOTU commentary

Available for State of the Union Commentary:
Experts on the Unemployment Crisis and Job Creation

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010

Contact:
Germonique Ulmer
(202) 339-9331

Washington– Leading spokespeople for Jobs for America Now, the broad coalition of 64 national groups organizing to put America back to work, will be available for comment on President Obama’s State of the Union address Wednesday evening and throughout the day Thursday.

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EPI’s Lawrence Mishel on spending freeze

Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute, issued a statement on the Obama administration’s expected proposal to ‘freeze’ overall non-defense discretionary spending for three years starting with fiscal year 2011. Freezing nominal growth in spending means cutting the budget in inflation-adjusted terms.

The economy would have shed two million more jobs than it did this year if it weren’t for the Recovery Act…. Now is the time for the President to build on the important progress he has made, not backtrack from it.

Read his full statement here.

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Webinar on jobs crisis

Congress and the Obama Administration are working on job creation plans. What should they do? How can we build support for job creation that does not leave the poorest people behind?  Please join for this live webinar on Thursday, January 28.  Read more about this event and register now.

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NCLR on minority unemployment

Jobs for America Now coalition partner, National Council of La Raza, highlights the devastating impact high unemployment has on minority communities and calls for  jobs to rehabilitate areas hard-hit by massive foreclosures.

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Advisory: Groups to announce broad new coalition, push for jobs legislation

December 15, 2009, Washington, D.C. – The newly formed Jobs for America Now Coalition will hold a telephone press conference at 1 p.m. Wednesday to announce a nationwide campaign to put America back to work.
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Introduction

Almost 16 million Americans are out of work. They are our husbands and wives. Our children, our parents. Our neighbors. The supply of willing workers is overwhelming, but we don’t have the demand to match. Americans want to work. Putting the American people back to work is not only an economic imperative, but a moral one as well. Americans value hard work, independence, and personal responsibility. American workers are remarkably resilient and have an unrivaled work ethic. In the face of these challenging economic times, Americans who have jobs are working hard, gaining new skills, caring for their parents, and providing for their children. Americans who don’t have jobs are doing everything they can to find work. Their quiet resilience has been a little-noticed source of our nation’s strength and it can also be a wellspring for our nation’s renewal.
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