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Working Families to Participate in National Candlelight Campaign Against Cuts Urging Congress: No Cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security Benefits, End Tax Cuts for the 2%

Over 100 events across the country on International Human Rights Day:

Washington, DC,  –  Hundreds of working families will participate in a national Candlelight Campaign to urge Congress to say no to cuts to benefits for Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, and to end tax cuts for the richest 2%.

Working families across the country will commemorate International Human Rights Day and hold candlelight vigils, town halls, rallies and other events to highlight the right to healthcare and the right to retire with dignity.  Working families will also deliver over 50,000 petitions to individual members of Congress asking them to honor their commitment to voters.

Working families in Montana will hold a Christmas-themed rally and gathering at their Senators’ offices to sing carols and present a giant Christmas card urging them to stay strong and eliminate tax cuts for the richest 2% and protect benefits.  In Florida, working families will urge outgoing Rep. Allen West to not close the door on the working class as he leaves Congress. And in New York people will come together to shine a light on the People’s Holiday Wish list which includes a secure retirement and quality health care for all.

Since the election, working people across the country have mobilized around the Lame Duck session. On Nov. 8, working families held nearly 100 events outside Congress members’ offices, health clinics, Social Security offices, construction sites and other community locations. On Nov. 27-28, a delegation of labor leaders and other working family advocates from 32 states traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby their respective representatives on Capitol Hill.

“In one of the most prosperous countries in the world, everyone should be able to retire with health and dignity,” said AFL-CIO President Trumka. “Working families across the country have made it clear that we need to protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits. Millions of working people, jobless people and retirees shouldn’t have to sacrifice their health care and retirement security so that the richest 2% can continue getting more tax breaks. It’s time for our elected leaders to focus on creating an economy that invests in jobs, healthcare and education for all.”

For list of all events, see:

Contact: Amaya Tune (202) 637-5018

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