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Working Families Light the Night with a Simple Message: 'No Benefit Cuts for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid'

Photo courtesy of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO.

Working people across the United States in more than 100 events last night called on their representatives to reject benefit cuts for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and to stop tax giveaways for the richest 2%. 

View photos from events around the country on the AFL-CIO Facebook page

In Newark, N.J., union members and New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech were joined by U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell (D) and Frank Pallone (D) of New Jersey for a rally to raise awareness on the upcoming lame-duck budget showdown. 

In Denver, a group of people visited Sen. Michael F. Bennet's office to urge him to let tax cuts for the richest 2% expire. 

In Philadelphia, working families sang their own version of "Jingle Bells," telling Sen. Robert Casey to raise revenue and make the bankers pay their fair share:

 

See a Facebook album of more Philadelphia actions here

In Allentown, Pa., union members and working families held a candlelight event outside Rep. Charlie Dent's (R-Pa.) office on Hamilton Boulevard in South Whitehall Township, raising awareness about the lame-duck Congress and what working people's priorities are. See the video below:

 

The Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, reported that carolers stood outside Rep. Chris Van Hollen's (D-Md.) office singing songs about the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress. They reminded their representative to keep his campaign promise to protect these lifelines from cuts. A group also visited the office of Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), saying we "don't need austerity, we need prosperity."

In southeast Missouri, union members from the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Electrical Workers (IBEW), Laborers (LIUNA), United Steelworkers (USW) and Machinists (IAM) and retirees joined community partners at the office of Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's (R-Mo.) Cape Girardeau office. A person at the rally spoke about how Social Security impacts his life. 

Protestor outside Sen. Heller's office in Las Vegas, NV.

A crowd of more than 50 people gathered outside Sen. Dean Heller's (R-Nev.) office, asking him to work for working people, not corporations. 

In West Virginia, working people went to Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-W.Va.) office in the state Capitol and signed a giant petition in the building's rotunda, asking the senator to vote against any proposed benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. 

Union members rallied outside Sen. John Kerry's (D-MA) Boston office calling for "jobs, not cuts," with the Greater Boston Labor Council (GBLC) and the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. 

“We want tax equity in this country, and we don’t want the most vulnerable people — the poor and the seniors — to lose their safety net,” said Rich Rogers, executive secretary-treasurer of the GBLC in an interview with Boston University's Daily Free Press

A "Hands Off" rally in Albuquerque, N.M., included members of CWA, Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA), AFSCME, USW and IAM. 

More events were held in Anchorage, Ak.; Pasadena, Calif.; Portland, Ore.;Buffalo, N.Y.; New Hampshire; Arizona; Virginia;  and other locations. 

If you couldn't attend an event, light a virtual candle in solidarity

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