Eva Knott 10:44 a.m., May 18
The liberal activist website MoveOn.org sponsored a series of demonstrations nationwide yesterday under the banner “Jobs Not Cuts,” including one convened at 4 p.m. yesterday in front of Congresswoman Susan Davis’ San Diego office.
An initial crowd of 30-40 attracted pedestrians and late arrivals, doubling in size as speakers lectured on the building’s front steps, passing cars and bus drivers honked in support, and a neighbor across Adams Avenue placed speakers outside the window ledge and blasted The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.”
Picketers waved signs with messages such as “Where’s the Jobs? China!” and “U(nemployed) – the new Scarlet Letter.”
Lorena Gonzalez of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council spoke of the need for progressives to demand more from Democratic politicians. “I’ve got to be honest, we’re standing in front of a Congresswoman’s office who hasn’t been bad for us . . . but we need more than just ‘not bad for us.’”
“What you do when you cut jobs, health care, and housing is you turn people into animals,” said community college professor Gregg Robinson, delivering a speech highlighting opposition to reducing budget deficits solely through cuts to services rather than in tandem with increasing revenue. “What we’re doing here is trying to preserve and protect an endangered species . . . Democratus Backboneus.”
MoveOn has laid out principles for its latest activist effort in A Contract for the American Dream. Stating that “America is not broke,” and “Americans need jobs, not cuts,” it offers a ten-point plan of action. Included are such suggestions as making Medicare available to all citizens, returning to a tax structure more similar to those employed in prosperous times in the mid-20th century, and implementing a 0.05% tax on stock trading to curb speculation.
Pictured: crowd gathered, Lorena Gonzalez and Frank Gormlie