An Invitation

The following is an invitation from Robert M. Gilmore, Sr. which I am forwarding to Occupy Houston so that those who wish to participate can coordinate. To be clear, this has not been discussed nor has OH consensus been given to support participation officially as of the posting date above. If/when it is, I will post it in the Events section. You may discuss here: http://bit.ly/s24j7l

Thank You Occupy Houston for the stand that you are making, we are in
support and believe more must be done to bring awareness to the plight
of our community, the 99%. This is a invitation to Occupy Houston to
help in the effort on Dec. 9th, from 5pm to 7pm being held at the St.
John Downtown location, 2019 Crawford St..  The event which is the
Jobs and Justice starts at 5pm to 7pm. We will have a 4pm Press
Conference at St. John, and we are expecting the Media, with the
possibility of MSNBC airing what we are doing in Houston.
Please call me at 281-546-8168, if your organization would like to
participate and I definitely will make sure that the Occupy Houston
Voices are heard for the Jobs and Justice Rally. Please read the Press
release, Houston is on of 25 Cities across the country participating.
Look forward to your response and keep the 1st Amendm,ent alive, Rev.
Robert M. Gilmore,Sr. , Vet. 1975.

***MEDIA ADVISORY***MEDIA ADVISORY***MEDIA ADVISORY***

NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK & REV. AL SHARPTON, ALONG WITH LABOR LEADERS &
COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS TO LEAD RALLIES IN OVER 25 CITIES ON DECEMBER 9TH
FOR JOBS AND JUSTICE ——

HOUSTON RALLY  for JOBS & JUSTICE
ST JOHN DOWNTOWN * 2019 Crawford
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Houston Jobs for Justice Rally Moderator
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Gilmore, Sr. Real Urban Ministry, Inc.

WHO:
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, 18th District, Texas
Atty. Carroll G. Robinson, Houston Community College Board
Rev. Rudy Rasmus, Pastor,, St. John’s Downtown Church
Rev. Dr. Vernus Swisher, CEO, Career and Recovery Resources
Rev. Elmo Johnson, CEO, Up-Lift Fourth Ward – CDC
Mr. Larry Green, CEO, Houston Works, USA, Houston  Council
Union Representatives Invited From AFL-CIO, CWA, Metro Union, AFSCE,
etc.

WHAT:
Rally for Jobs & Justice

WHERE:
St. John’s Downtown
2019 Crawford
Houston, Texas 77002

WHEN:
Friday, December 9, 2011 – 5p.m. – 7:00pm

BACKGROUND:
Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network (NAN), along with
partners in labor, civil rights, and clergy from across the country,
will hold a rally in over 25-cities on December 9th, 2011 as a follow-
up to the mass march for jobs and justice that NAN held October 15,
2011.  The December 9th march will continue to focus on growing
economic disparity, lack of employment, and equality issues
surrounding our current economic state. We will call attention to
disproportionate layoffs of  Blacks, Latinos and other oppressed
groups, attacks on the public sector and the ever-growing wealth gap.
NAN will push for economic growth, job creation and concrete,
substantive ideas that truly begin to get people back to work. And we
will call out all those who stand in the way.The 25-city rallies will
call attention to key issues that have not been remedied in this
country. As working Americans struggle to gain employment and livable
wages, we continue to watch rampant attacks on workers rights and
increasing joblessness across the country.  The rallies will be held
in cities that are most impacted by the joblessness and attacks on
workers rights.
In recent years, too many American families have lost economic ground.
Over the decade ending in 2009, median family income fell by $3,800.
And the gap between the wealthiest Americans and those with the least
is growing every day, making it tougher to enter into the middle
class. With African American unemployment at an unacceptable 15%, this
is a clear sign that we need action-inaction is not an option. Black
layoffs have only skyrocketed as the public sector – heavily comprised
of a Black workforce – continues to slash jobs. And as a result, not
only has Black wealth diminished, but so too has the existence of much
of this nation’s Black middle class itself. Black, White or Brown -
that is a startling reality that should have all of us deeply
concerned.

According to a study released earlier this year by the Center for
Labor Research and Education at the University of California, Blacks
were 30% more likely than other workers to be employed in the public
sector. And while the private sector has added 1.6 million jobs as
reported in a recent New York Times piece, public employment has seen
massive layoffs across the board. Whether it’s teachers, firefighters,
police officers, or any other form of municipal work, the public
sector has been under attack from Wisconsin to NJ and everywhere in
between. From losing their bargaining rights to bearing the brunt of
city and state budget cuts, public service employees are watching
their entire life savings disappear. And because about 1 in 5 Blacks
work in civil service, we are disproportionately suffering yet again
during these tough times.

In the U.S. postal service alone, about 25% of employees are Black. It
is precisely because of work in this industry and in other government
entities that we were finally able to climb the economic and societal
ladder, and eventually begin to achieve the proverbial American dream
of home ownership. An entire Black middle class emerged via civil
service jobs, and we are now tragically close to witnessing the
greatest stumbling block to progress that will literally set us back
decades. But we can – and we must – do something to halt this
injustice that so clearly threatens our immediate future.

Houston Media Coordinator: Rev. Carl Matthews 832-443-8129
For more information and locations and times in each city please
visit:  www.nationalactionnetwork.net
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Follow us on Twitter @NationalAction
Call our national headquarters at 877-626-4651

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