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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Local Activists Urge Congressman Thompson to Support Green Jobs and Obama Stimulus

In an event sponsored by and organized in every Congressional District, a group of 25 local residents met with Ellie Fairclough from Congressman Mike Thompson's office to urge him to vote for the Obama stimulus.

The local event was organized by Mary Zhu. She called on Congressman Thompson to support and help pass President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus package. The group said it hops it will help to create new and green jobs for the country.

They also presented Ms. Fairclough as Representative to Mike Thompson with a 365-signature petition that was gathered online in support of Obama's plan.

There were two other speakers. One of UC Davis alum Joseph Stewart, who some may remember from the Choice Voting campaign. Now an alum with a degree in environmental science, he's now looking for work.
"I'm looking for work right now and I can't find work; there's no jobs to be had. I don't know what to do, I don't have a place to live, I'm not sure what's going to happen to my health insurance. It's a really hard situation."
Ellie Fairclough then read a statement from Congressman Mike Thompson:
"It will take help from all Americans to get our country back on track, and the active involvement of every member of our community will be a crucial component of any economic recovery.

Our country is facing some of the biggest challenges I've seen in my lifetime, and it's important that Congress moves quickly to pass legislation to change the direction of our economy. Congress is working with President-elect Obama's team to create legislation that will create or save over 3 million jobs in the next 2 years and invest in infrastructure projects to lay the foundation for future economic growth."
Joseph Stewart said after the statement was read that it sounded great, he only hoped that the Congressman and others would follow through.

---David M. Greenwald reporting