Who: Dozens of unemployed workers along with Step Up Louisiana, UNITE HERE Local 23, IATSE Local 478, New Orleans DSA, Jane’s Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, and New Orleans Renter’s Rights Assembly
Where: Outside of Senator John Kennedy’s office, 500 Poydras Street
When: Tuesday, September 1 @ 10AM
Visuals: Civil Disobedience action in order to call attention from our Senators John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy. Rally with statements by impacted workers.
Why: We cannot wait any longer! As COVID-19 cases surge and the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports a 33% annualized contraction in the US economy, the road to recovery for New Orleans will be long, leaving thousands of workers indefinitely unemployed. Our Senator, John Kennedy has stayed
quiet on the subject of unemployment for weeks while laid-off workers are
struggling. Senator Bill Cassidy released a statement on August 7th
detailing how he supported the extension of the $600 federal unemployment. Since then, Senator Cassidy has not spoken or done any action around his supposed support for working Louisiana families. As a result unemployed workers in Louisiana are making sure that the Senators hear our cries and go back to Washington DC with a mission: Save the 600. On Tuesday, we are calling out Senator Cassidy and Kennedy for their inaction while rent is due, food needs to be put on the table, and basic expenses have to be met.