Every day we see the news: financial institutions and major industries failing, unemployment rising, home foreclosures mounting, banks not lending. We don't have to travel far in this town to witness the stark evidence. Some of my favorite places to shop, like PC Club on 38th, CompUSA, and Circuit City, are all shuttered now. My neighbor has been laid off his job since December and grows more and more discouraged by the day, with his wife out of work as well. The VA's homeless facilities are filled to capacity, and are now resorting to putting veterans back out on the street with nowhere to go. We can't go on much longer like this.
The current administration has a plan to deal with our economic stress. It has been both praised and criticized from both sides of the aisle. But the Obama White House doesn't just want to hear what the politicians have to say about his bill -- he wants to hear from you and me, those who are struggling under the pressure of burdens we never anticipated in better times gone by.
That's why he's asked us to organize community meetings, right here in our own neighborhood, to talk about the stimulus plan and what it means to us personally. You can submit your question beforehand, and maybe it will be featured in the video that's to be distributed and shown at the meetings.
Go to "Organizing for America" to view event background and details, submit your question, and find a neighborhood meeting. We're having one in the Fern Hill area -- please RSVP if you'd like to come!
"The same tide lifts all boats." Let's be the change we've been waiting for!