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ObamaJobsSpeech-Release Sept2011

ObamaJobsSpeech-Release Sept2011

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Forimmediaterelease:
September8,2011at12pm
Formoreinfo:
ChrisKeeley,917-847-3625
President’sSpeechMustIncludeDirectJobCreationandRespondtotheNeedsofAllCommunities
CommunityorganizinggroupssayObamamustdemandjobsprograms andnewprogressiverevenuesources
 NewYork,NY 
-CommunityorganizinggroupsworkingundertheumbrellaoftheNewDealforNewYorkcoalitionreleasedthefollowingstatementsregardingPresidentBarackObama’sexpectedaddressbeforeajointsessionofCongresstonight.ThegroupshavebeenaggressivelypushingforjobcreationinNewYorkState’slow-incomecommunitiesandagainstGovernorAndrewCuomo’sefforttoissueabilliondollartaxcutforthestate’smillionairesonDecember31,2011.Accordingtoadvancereports,thepresidentwillpromoteapayrolltaxcutforindividualsand,perhaps,businesses.Thepresident,NewDealgroupsstressed,needstolookbeyondthissingularapproachandbroadenhisdemandstoincludeanincreaseinpublicrevenuesthroughprogressivesources,suchasahigh-endincometaxsurcharge--oratleastendingtheBushTaxCuts--andclosingcorporateloopholesorcreatingafinancialspeculationtax,suchastheonealreadysuccessfullyinplaceinEnglandandwhichisgainingtractionthroughoutEurope.Publicworksprograms,ofwhichdozenshavebeendesignedinrecentyears,shouldbeadoptedandimmediatelysetintomotion.Inshort,thepresidentmustfighthardforallofourcommunities,includinglow-incomecommunities,andnotsettleonceagainforthelowestcommondenominatorpresentedtohimbyCongressionalRepublicans,thegroupssaid.
ValeriePearson,BoardMemberofCommunityVoicesHeardandYonkersResident,
said:
"Obamahadtherightideabackin2009whenheput$5billionintotheTANF(welfare)EmergencyContingencyFund.Over260,000jobswerecreatedforlow-incomeadultsandyouthacrossthecountry-over4,000ofwhichwereinNewYorkState.Wedon'tneedmoretaxcutsrightnow;weneed
real
 jobs.ThePresidentshouldproposeputtingmoremoneyforsubsidizedjobsintothisFundthatwouldputpeopletowork,andkeepourparksclean,rebuildourcrumblinghousing,weatherizeourbuildings,expandourpublictransitsystems,takecareofouryouth.Itwouldcreatejobsthatmakeusfeelgoodaboutourselvesandourcountry."
Rev.DavidWm.Crapnell,PresidentofNiagaraOrganizingAllianceforHope,said:
“Inatimewhentheunemploymentratehasrisentosuchastaggeringfigure,itisessentialforprivatedevelopersbeheldaccountableandbroughttothetablewithpublicofficialsandcommunitymemberstostimulateresponsibledevelopment,andbringjobstoourcommunities.InNiagaraFalls,wearehometooneofthelargestunemploymentratesinthestate.Wearealsohometo85acresofvacantlandinthecenterofdowntown,ownedbyonetherichestmeninthestate-HowardMilstein.AsMilsteinhasdevelopedacloserelationshipwithourGovernor,weexpectthatGovernorCuomowillworktospurthedevelopmentMilsteinpromisedus12yearsago.Itisuptous,andothercommunitiesalike,todemandprivatesectorcooperationinordertobreakdowntheincomegapandstimulatejobcreation.”
 
EricWalker,LeadOrganizer,PeopleUnitedforSustainableHousinginBuffalo,said:
“Astheeconomycontinuestostruggle,we’veseenfolkswhocontinuetostruggletofindworkandstayintheirhomeswhilemillionairesandbillionairescontinuetomakemoneyhandoverfist.Millionsoffamiliesaregrapplingwithahousingandenergycrisisthatcouldbepartofanationalstrategytowardjobcreation,energysecurity,andeconomicgrowth.Weneedvisionaryideasandaccountablesolutionsfocusedonmakingsurepeoplegetbacktoworkingoodjobsthatpeoplecanraiseafamilyon.Anationalinitiativetoscaleuptheresidentialenergyefficiencysectorcouldbetheopportunitytotobringupto2millionjobstofamilieslookingtoentertheworkforce,endcorporateprofiteeringfromhighhighenergyburdens,andcreateasustainableandequitablefutureforworkingfamiliesacrossthecountry.”
EddieH.Brown,ChairpersonofSyracuseUnitedNeighbors,
said:
“AcitylikeSyracusewouldbenefitfromfederalspendingtohelprecoverfromthecrashofthehousingmarketanddealwiththelargenumberofvacanthousesthatresultedfromthegamesplayedbythebigbanksandWallStreetinvestors.PresidentObamashouldinvestinprogramslikedeconstruction,trainingresidentsforjobstosalvagethevaluablematerialsfromabandonedhouses.”
MichaelCaesar,aVOCAL-NYleader,
said:
“We’reinajobscrisis,butthecurrentproposalsonthetablearetheequivalentofputtingaBandAidonabulletwound.Forthepasteightmonths,thebiggestchallengeinmylifehasbeengettingajob.EveryapplicationIfilloutjustmakesmemoredesperate.ÂIt’sbadeverywhere,butthejobscrisisisevenworsewhenitcomestoBlacksandLatinosandpeoplewithacriminalrecordbecauseofdiscriminationinthejobmarket.ÂProposalstoincreasefundingforinfrastructureprojectsandweatherizationholdsomepromiseforpeoplelikeme,butonlyiftheprogramsaretargetedandonamuchlargerscale.”
DuaneDiggs,PresidentofVOICE-Buffalo,said:
“Weneedtotakeaboldpositiontoinvestinourcommunitiesthroughcreativejobcreationprogramsandtransportationinfrastructure,inparticularPublicTransportation.Consideringtheworldtoday,andtheenergycrisis,PublicTransportationisaninvaluableinvestment.”
 Eachorganizationalleaderlistedaboveisavailabletospeakwiththepress.
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ABOUTNEWDEALFORNEWYORK
NewDealforNewYork
isacoalitionofgrassrootsorganizinggroupsaroundNewYorkState.ÂItisfightingtobuilda21
st
centuryeconomythatisforward-thinking,green,andentrepreneurial,whileprovidingqualityjobsthatcansupportafamily.ÂTheNewDealitselfisanewpartnershipbetweenNewYorkersandtheirstate.Throughproactive,positive,andtransparentgovernmentaction,theNewDealforNewYorkwillprovidenewopportunitiesforallofNewYork’scommunities,includinglow-andmoderate-incomepeople,peopleofcolor,andfamilyfarmers.TheNewDealforNewYorkwill

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