April 1st “First Friday” Rally: “Jobs with Justice” and “US UnCut Chicago”

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This week I was asked to speak on behalf of US UnCut at the Jobs with Justice monthly rally at the James R Thompson Center in Chicago. There were four speakers including Susan Hurley of Jobs with Justice. After the speeches we marched up Lasalle Ave, in a noisy but orderly fashion to the Bank of America where we protested outside the bank for while. Please come out and see us next “First Friday” May 26th 2011.

  • What is “First Friday?”

“First Friday” is the first Friday of the month when a number of people give up part of their lunchtime to come downtown, show public solidarity with the nation’s unemployed and underemployed workers.

  • Why “First Friday?”

We take action on the “First Friday” of every month because that’s the day the Labor Department releases its report on the previous months’ job creation (or lack thereof). Not to mention it’s fair, practical and just the right thing to do!

  • What happens on “First Friday?”

We gather to demand the following: a federal jobs program, jobless benefits (including health care) for ALL of the unemployed, and making Wall Street pay for it!

  • How can I get involved?

Next month come out and be seen engaging the public discussing the kind of jobs program the country needs. Comment for Internet TV and radio. Exchange experiences related to job finding and job improvement, and housing, food, and health care issues. Petition lawmakers. Sign up to receive information about future actions. Pick up a sign. Come early, spend some time. Take a stand with our unemployed activists and allies for a federal jobs program so all of our loved ones, friends and neighbors who struggling can get back to work!

Please join us to help make common sense more common!

For more information, call (312) 738-6161 or send an email to susanh@jwj.org. Also visit the Chicago Job With Justice website to learn more.

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

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