Unemployed Embark on 150-mile March to Take on DC’s Biggest Corporate Lobby

PHILADELPHIA, PA- Dozens of long-term unemployed people will be marching from Philadelphia, PA to Washington, DC to take on the US Chamber of Commerce, whom they call “Washington’s chief puppet master.”

WHO: Unemployed activists, supported by Shut The Chamber, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC), Public Citizen, Move to Amend
WHAT: 150-mile “Operation Green Jobs” march to DC
WHEN: May 18th to May 24th
WHERE: Beginning at N 3rd St and W Cumberland St, Philadelphia, PA; Ending at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington D.C. (1615 H St NW Washington D.C.)

Jobless activists are taking their anger to the front door of the US Chamber of Commerce, who ranked #1 in lobbyist spending in 2012 with $136,000,000 spent on influencing Congress, according to opensecrets.org. Marchers say their anger is being directed at the organization for its lobbying efforts to block job creation in the green energy industry.

“Everyone agrees that Congress needs to focus on job creation and climate change,” said Carl Gibson, lead organizer of the Shut The Chamber campaign. “The reason they’re focusing on dirty fossil fuels and job-killing austerity policies is because the US Chamber is paying them to.”

Activists are demanding Washington take action to pass laws that would fund long-term investments in the renewable energy industry and in boosting public transportation to simultaneously create millions of new jobs and reduce CO2 output.

“Green jobs are the best way to heal the environment and put people to work,” said Cheri Honkala, PPEHRC lead organizer and 2012 Green Party Vice Presidential candidate. “The only thing stopping it from happening is a Congress that only listens to corporate lobbyists.”

Activists are marching roughly 20 miles a day between May 18th and May 24th. You can see the march route at bit.ly/greenjobsroute and learn more about the action at shutthechamber.org and economichumanrights.org.

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